The Great Walking Dead Drought of 2016 is upon us, and Atlanta Movie Tours and I have teamed up to offer you some relief! The Big Zombie Tour is one of AMT's most popular series among those able to make the trip to Atlanta to see the sights for themselves.
In the Atlanta segment, there are a bunch of locations from The Walking Dead, but this article will focus on The Goat Farm Arts Center on the west side of downtown Atlanta.
The Goat Farm is featured heavily in season one's Vatos episode of The Walking Dead. The above photo pictures the wooden tower also seen in the title photo of this article.
Below, you can see one of the star-shaped architectural details seen prominently on the buildings throughout the property.
There are several scenes in which you might glimpse some of the star-shapes, but they are easy to spot in this scene where Rick & Co. are confronting the Vatos.
Atlanta Movie Tours gives you direct access to the actual locations used in films and shows. Although some of the locations used in The Walking Dead are open to the public, The Goat Farm Arts Center can be a bit tricky to visit, since it is private property.
Below are a few members of our group walking the grounds.
The alleyway pictured above can be recognized in the first episode of Season 2, when Shane is laying his broken-hearted, moony eyes on Lori canoodling with Rick.
Also seen in the first episode of Season 2 is this spot close to the entrance of the property. There are old vehicles and machinery parts and art installations all over the place, making this location particularly whimsical.
A number of productions have used The Goat Farm Arts Center to film, occasionally leaving their mark behind. Below, a previously standard looking deck was transformed to fit into a New Orleans-based scene, and the changes were left intact.
The Goat Farm Arts Center is also where our tour group took a break to use the facilities and hang out in this quaint coffee shop on the premises.
Everywhere you look in this location is aesthetic magic. This is part of the Goat Farm's huge draw to not only filmmakers, but prestigious artists, performers and dreamers. Nature and human-made structures have intertwined throughout, providing an atmosphere only the undisturbed passage of time can create.
There are even actual goats!
Additional locations on the first leg of the Big Zombie tour include the area around the former offices of Norfolk Southern, the buildings used for the hospital and King County Sheriff's Office, various spots downtown, including the iconic Jackson Street Bridge, and of course, Terminus.
If you are fortunate enough to come to Atlanta to see the sights, Atlanta Movie Tours is going to be your best bet for seeing the most locations possible, and for doing so in comfort. You will also be treated to an abundance of trivia and knowledge about filming locations, as well as about behind the scenes experiences.
If you are not fortunate enough to travel here in person, be sure to look out for my future Proxifan articles I will be posting in conjunction with Atlanta Movie Tours!
A very special thanks to Atlanta Movie Tours and The Walking Dead Locations!
There's still time to book a trip to Atlanta before the premiere of Season 7 of The Walking Dead:
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