ByRebecca Raymer, writer at Creators.co
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Sweetwater Creek State Park is just outside of Atlanta, but an entire world away from the city. Georgia has beautiful creeks and shoals all over the place, but Sweetwater Creek is one of the few locations that also has the ruins of an old mill. The combination of these features made an excellent location to film scenes with Katniss and Gale out hunting in District 13 in the third installment of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1.

Rocky shoals at Sweetwater Creek
Rocky shoals at Sweetwater Creek

The New Manchester Manufacturing Company is located within the state park. The mill produced supplies for the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and was destroyed by the Union Army. The burned out remnants of the mill were a perfect place to depict a rare above-ground scene in District 13.

Mill along the creek.
Mill along the creek.

Although the ruins of the mill are now fenced in and closed to the public, it is visible from all angles, and makes for gorgeous scenery among the shady trees next to the creek. The stone arcs seen in the above photo are very recognizable in the scenes from Mockingjay.

Gorgeous ruins
Gorgeous ruins

Even the overbearing humidity and heat of the Georgia summer could not detract from the visually fascinating ruins.

I couldn't stop taking photos of the brick.
I couldn't stop taking photos of the brick.

The rest of the park is incredibly serene, and although there were a lot of other people there taking advantage of the cool water and beautiful scenery, there is enough access to the shoreline that it didn't seem crowded.

Little tributary off the creek.
Little tributary off the creek.

Unlike the scenes filmed at the Pratt Pullman Yard, which were hardly recognizable in the movie, the Sweetwater Creek scenes are very easy to pick out in Mockingjay Part 1. Additionally, unlike other parks in Georgia used for filming, Sweetwater Creek State Park does not have Confederate memorabilia everywhere, even despite being a preserved Civil War historic site.

Beautiful and lacking overt racism.
Beautiful and lacking overt racism.

Scenes from Bellwood Quarry, where Katniss is filmed singing, can be found here.

For additional locations featured in Mockingjay Part 1, and other television shows and movies filmed in and around Atlanta, check out my other posts. If you would like to see film locations covered here, just let me know in the comments.

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