The Complete Vampire Stalker’s Guide to the Vampire Diaries Filming Locations

Now you can explore The Vampire Diaries filming locations.

If you’re a total Vampire Stalker you are going to flip out when you go to Mystic Falls, or as we call it in the real world, Covington, Georgia. Like you, I’m a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries. No I haven’t been watching it since 2009 when it started, but when I finally got on the wagon this year, I binge watched every single episode in the matter of a month. Yes, a month. Naturally when I ran out of episodes I did what I do best, travel. And what better way to get your fix of your favorite neck-biting vamps than by squeezing in a weekender to Covington to explore the Vampire Diaries filming locations. Let me tell you, it’s a whole new level of geekery and I highly recommend it.

The Vampire Diaries Star in Mystic Falls Covington

So wait… how much will that cost me? Some budget-friendly tips to keep your money in your pocket.

Okay, okay, you’re budget minded and I get that. Naturally you want to get right to it. Is this even a feasible trip? No sense in getting your fangs out if you can’t actually afford it. Good news, visiting Georgia is actually pretty budget friendly. Here are some points to keep you winning:

  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a flight hub, one of the largest in the U.S.. This means your flights are much cheaper than say, if you were trying to fly into Tampa. You can also check out my articles on budget flights. Hey, even I like to save mula (there’s always a kid or an animal who needs it more than I do).
  • Renting a car – really you’re going to have to do this. Covington is the kind of place to check out and deserves more than a once over. I always rent from Kayak… there’s no affiliate link there just good old fashioned truth. It’s plain out the cheapest.
  • Lodging – well this depends on your “Katherine” level. I’m a total Katherine when it comes to lodging. Call me spoiled but the hotel industry was my first career. I like unique places to stay, especially historic (and in light of the theme here, a historic inn would be perf)! I can recommend the Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast. Firstly because they actually use this property for filming and secondly, because it came highly recommended to me by the Covington Visitor’s Bureau (and they don’t just put travel bloggers anywhere…we get the goods). Apart from this, you can always save when using hotels.com in Atlanta which is just a half hour away. If you’re thinking of camping nearby, check out this gear at GearWeare
  • Oh and hey, while you’re at it, if you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, you may as well knock that geek trip off your list too! It’s just an hour from Covington! Check out my article here.

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Vampire Stalkers Mystic Falls Tours – Winging it Versus Having a Guide

Okay so now that we’ve sorted that, let’s start talking! The Vampire Diaries filming locations in Covington A.K.A. Mystic Falls, are pretty much public property which gives you one of two options. You can either wing it, or you can take a guided tour.

Me personally, I prefer the guided tour (and I generally dislike tours they bore the crap out of me), but when it comes to a film (one you know darn well you’re crack addicted to) a guided tour is anything but boring. The ONLY tour to take for this is the Vampire Stalkers Mystic Falls TourWhich will run you $55 USD / person and worth every dime. Plus it’s partnered with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation which I love (and in fact am working on my own campaign to help his cause).

There are three and only three reasons I opted to take a guided tour of Mystic Falls with Vampire Stalkers over chumming it along on my own:

  • Jessica the guide (and founder of Vampire Stalkers Mystic Falls Tours) knows more than you I do about The Vampire Diaries filming locations. She’s from Covington, Georiga, she’s been watching The Vampire Diaries filming since it began in 2009, and she knows the cast. This makes it obvious then, that taking this tour will leave me me insider knowledge and backstories I otherwise NEVER would have known. Oh and her startup story is awesome too. She is overall just a ball of sunshine and adored by the cast and of course now me.
  • Mystic Falls Tours has access to the VERY private Lockwood Mansion estate where loads upon loads of scenes have been filmed. When you wing it you just get the creepy drive by version. AND, you don’t get to meet George Lockwood, the infamous fabulous feline.
  • You may get to actually see the cast of The Vampire Diaries filming while you’re there. Now I’m not guaranteeing anything, but let’s just say they are known to ham it up with fans when they are done and being seen with Jess is never going to hurt the situation.

Here are some of The Vampire Diaries filming locations I was able to see on the Mystic Falls Tour

The Square

Many scenes are shot here. Bench scenes, town scenes and more. As soon as you stand in the Square you feel like you’re in the show. It’s pretty cool.

Mystic Falls Square in Covington

The Courthouse from the Square.

Benches in Mystic Falls Square Convington

These are the benches mostly used in the filming in the Square.

Elena’s Father’s Doctor’s Office

The show has to remove the props because people tend to steal them. This one got to stay though! Pretty cool!

The Vampire Diaries filming

Elena’s father’s office

The Mystic Grill

Gah! The Mystic Grill like for really reals! So cool hearing about all the scenes filmed here. You can actually eat inside however, keep in mind all the inside stuff is filmed at a sound stage. P.S. the food is UHMAZE!

The Vampire Diaries filming

The one and only Mystic Grill

Mystic Falls Courthouse

When you roll into Covington this hits you! Boom, you’re in Mystic Falls. This is really the icon of the exterior set of Mystic Falls.

Mystic Falls Courthouse in Covington

A view of the courthouse from Vampire Stalkers

Mystic Falls Courthouse in Covington

The Damon and Elena Rain Kiss Scene

We all melted when we saw this one. Like c’mon, this is one of the most memorable scenes in the series!

Damon and Elena kiss The Vampire Diaries filming

Damon and Elena rain kiss scene

Whitmore Campus

Movie magic turns this into Whitmore Campus. Pretty cool! This is actually a local park which is very peaceful and serene.

Whitmore College in Covington

Whitmore and also the place where Elena and Damon kiss

Where Bonnie Stops Matt’s Heart

In the current season we all just saw how Bonnie used her witchy magic to stop Matt’s heart and barely start it again. Whew! That was here!

Matt's heart stops The Vampire Diaries filming

Bonnie stops Matt’s heart

The Lockwood Mansion

Such an amazing estate. This historic real life home is Tyler Lockwood’s home in Mystic Falls. Lots of cool parties and scenes shot here. You can’t miss George either. He’s the resident spotlight stealer. He loves attention, so expect him to come around when you’re there!

The Lockwood Mansion in Covington

The flawless Lockwood Mansion Estate where I had up close access and even got to see the cast’s green room.

George Lockwood

George Lockwood, the fabulous feline of the Lockwood Mansion

The Cemetery

Most of the cemetery scenes are done on the sound stage, but this has been used for scenes before.

The Vampire Diaries filming

This one is for Jess, and I kind of liked the bird there too.

And just for fun! The stars in town:

Paul Wesley Star in Mystic Falls Covington

Ian Somerhalder Star in Mystic Falls Covington

Nina Dobrev Star in Mystic Falls Covington

The Vampire Diaries filming

Now I know you’re stoked. If you’re like me you’re an uber fan and you swear you have to make it to Mystic Falls or you’ll die. Please remember while we all love the Vampire Diaries filming stuffs, there are some things you shouldn’t do. As in… don’t be that person that ruins it for everyone. No one likes that person. If you see talent (they are really cool and often will come by to say hello if they have time), please keep in mind these people work 12-16 hour days. They have a lot of responsibility to remember lines and get into the characters we all love. Don’t be an ass. Use your best judgement. Don’t ever steal anything from the set. Sure it’s a trophy but at what cost. This type of move will cause nothing but problems for the people who aren’t doing these things.

For more information on visiting Covington and the greater Atlanta area please visit:

The Covington CVB

and 

Discover Atlanta

A special thank you to Jessica at Vampire Stalkers Mystic Falls Tours for giving us the hookup on this tour. While it was in fact entirely comped, it in no way changes the opinions I’ve expressed. It just makes bringing you the deets affordable, and I’m okay with that.

Do you have anything you’d like to ask about the Vampire Diaries filming locations? Please drop me a comment and I’ll totally reply!


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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

109 Comments on this post

  1. I’d love to visit these places. Vampire Diaries is one of my favorite shows.

    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle / Reply
  2. I have never seen the show myself, but I know a lot of people that love the show! I am pretty sure this would be someone’s graceland.

    Jeanettte / Reply
  3. OMG I love this so much. I never thought to visit the place where it’s filmed, but I LOVE this show and want to get down there someday!

    Robin Rue (@massholemommy) / Reply
  4. My niece loves the Vampire Diaries and I’m sure she would love to check these places out! What a cool place to go.

    lisa / Reply
  5. The cat is a big bonus! Honestly, I have never seen any of the Vampire Diaries.

    Chubskulit Rose / Reply
  6. I love TVD. It is one of my favorite shows. How coll that you visited where they film! Awesome!

  7. We drive through Georgia on almost a yearly basis to Florida. I had no idea the show was filmed there. I just started watching this show on Netflix and cannot seem to get enough of it. I feel somewhat obsessive…I need to tone down a bit. haha I am bummed that Elena moves on to Damon. I really like her with Stephan. However, they are both actors gorgeous and very charismatic. 🙂

    amomhavingfun / Reply
  8. I love the Vampire Diaries. It would be so nice to visit all these places.

    Ourfamilyworld / Reply
  9. I haven’t gotten into the Vampire Diaries. I’ll have to see if I can find season 1 on netflix or hulu.

    Uplifting Families / Reply
  10. I never think about taking tours, this would be so much fun. Even if I didnt love the show, which I do, it looks like a good sight seeing place!

    Jesica H / Reply
  11. I’ve never watched that show but these places do look awesome to visit. Thanks for sharing.

    Bonnie @wemake7 / Reply
  12. I’ve only seen clips of the show before, but this is the kind of thing that excites me. I would love to see those places. We’re in NC so I think that’s not too far from here. Going to check it out.

    Lynndee / Reply
  13. What a fun tour! I loved watching the Vampire Diaries and its so fun to know that the Mystic Grill is a real place!!!

    Jennifer Ashley
    http://www.prettylittledetails.ca

  14. I’ve never watched this show but I would totally travel for a TWD tour. I love that shows and movies are filmed partly in real cities. It’s so cool to literally walk into your favorite shows and walk the same places as your favorite stars have. If shows were purely on a sound stage it wouldn’t make the show as real, I think.

    Jennifer / Reply
  15. Still jealous of your Walking Dead tour. ;( But I have never seen this show, even though I’m vampire obsessed. I would only stay in B&Bs in the South, for sure. Theyre always amazing.

    winifredjac / Reply
  16. What a fun tour. I know my oldest and his wife would love to do this one too!

    Rosey / Reply
  17. This would be perfect for any fan of the show. Haven’t really watched it but if I were a fan, I would totally go on this tour!

    Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey / Reply
  18. Omg I just love Vanpire Diaries! How cool to see photos of all the places I’ve seen in the show!!!!! Soooo cool!!!!

    CourtneyLynne / Reply
  19. […] that it was where the Vampire Diaries Executive Producer Julie Plec stays, and it’s also a film location for scenes from the show. Still, there was something about the name that was ringing in my head like an old bell. Twelve […]

  20. This is so cool!
    I am going to Covington in 2 weeks and I am super excited about it!
    Do you by any chance remember what cemetery you went to as well as what local park the kissing scene took place?

    Alexya / Reply
  21. im from the UK and love love TVD… I am currently trying to get enough moolah together so I can visit site. Thanks for this info page. debz xx

    Debbie John / Reply
  22. Where was episode Cold As Ice filmed? I’m specifically wondering about the Santa Pub Crawl scene. Thanks!

    Yvette / Reply
  23. What is better to catch filming weekends or weekdays? Do they film in March?

    stephanie / Reply
  24. Do you know where the waterfall is from S2 E20 and can it be visited?

    lorrie feldhouse / Reply
  25. Is there a list of the locations with address for people who come when tour isnt available or it isnt in the budget? Thanks

    Sarah / Reply
    • I don’t know that the tourism office has published anything like that, but one look around and many places stand out.

    • There is! Google vampire diaries locations in Covington GA and most will pop up on Google maps

      April smith / (in reply to Sarah) Reply
  26. Do you know where the Delena rain kiss scene filmed?

    Glee122 / Reply
  27. Loved it! Do you know how long the tour takes? Like what time it starts and what time it ends? thanksss

    Sofia Pretzel / Reply
  28. Hello everyone, in 2014 i wanted to become a vampire from one man in UK and he collected my money, and he did not make me a Vampire. In 2015 someone directed me to a vampire lord in Bulgaria and this man make me a vampire. I will advice anyone who want to become a vampire should contact Wallace Graham via email: wallec_graham@outlook.com the money who make a Vampire.Miss Jennet.

    Wallace Graham / Reply
  29. So I actually love in Georgia and have still never been on this tour (sad) but do they take you to the Salvatore mansion and are the plate things on the ground with their names on them in the town square of Covington?

    Megan / Reply
    • The mansion hs sadly been torn down. I know. A freaking tragedy! They are building a Mercedes factory or something there… UGH! Yes there are inlaid stars in the square 😉

  30. Are Elena coming back at the 8 season and are they filming the 8 season?

    Josefin putila / Reply
  31. And in witch website do you look at TVD 😀

    Josefinputila / Reply
  32. […] you missed my review of The Vampire Diaries filming locations [read it here]. It is amazing. And Jess gives the best tours ever. She knows everything about the […]

  33. […] My interview with Todd Lasance took place at the Friday Night Bites Season 7 finale party in Covington Square. Fans know it as “Mystic Falls”. Want a tour of it? Check out Mystic Falls Tours. […]

  34. Do you know during which months they will be filming? Thank you.

    Sheridan / Reply
  35. Can you tell me where I can find the location from the Rain Kiss Scene ?

    Leonie / Reply
  36. […] This site also provides a tour you can do yourself. […]

  37. […] This site also provides a tour you can do yourself. […]

  38. I was wanting to know if you had addresses for the Damon/Elena rain kiss scene.

    Gabbi / Reply
  39. […] This site also provides a tour you can do yourself. […]

  40. This is the final season, with not as many episodes to film. Do you think they will still be filming in September?

    Tiffany M. / Reply
  41. R they filming right now?

    Xander / Reply
  42. Hi!! i’m from Chile, and i’ll be in canada this fall term and it’ll be the closest i’ve ever been to Georgia!, so i’m planning on going on september… do you think maybe the will be filming there?, and do you know when is it more probably for me to run with someone of the cast??? on the weekend, during the week ? .. etc
    and the last question, how do I reach Covington? any bus service and from where can I take it?, i’ll be traveling from Detroit 🙂
    i’m super excited!!

    Tamara Garcia Latorre / Reply
    • Okay well for one, the filming is very top secret. No one knows in advance when they are filming unless it will be on their property or disrupting business. This is for obvious reasons. They film both on the sound stage and on location… Second, there is not bus service to Covington and Canada is over a day’s drive from here. You would need to fly into Atlanta and rent a car. Covington is 30 minutes out of the city and 45 minutes from the airport. There is not public transport to Covington. It is a small town. I recommend you rent a car and take the tour.

  43. What’s the name of the park the delena kiss scene is at?

    Lorie / Reply
  44. I am getting the amazing opportunity to go the Atlanta area for business and I plan to extend my trip to go on TVD set tour! It’s an hour drive- but totally worth it! Do you know if filming is going on the first week in October or is filming already over for the season? Thanks!!

    Valerie Falcone / Reply
    • I think they film through October… it’s hit or miss. But I can tell you when they are filming it’s very secure. They have had so many issues with vampire stalkers that they’ve had to block a lot of the actual town off. But much of their filming is done on a sound stage. They aren’t out there all the time you know. As in, I live here and I’ve yet to see them filming around town…

  45. Hi there!!! We are planning a trip to Mystic Falls Covington GA in 2 days!!! I only live an hour away but just found out about 6 months ago where they filmed!! I can’t tell you how excited I am about this trip. I’ve been waiting for this trip for about 3months. All your information on this was so helpful as to what to do and not to do. Especially what to expect and not to expect thanks for all your information. Hopefully I will be able to give more information after my tour!!!!

    Theresa Greenway / Reply
    • That’s so awesome!!! I’m so excited for you, you’re going to flip out when you see Mystic Falls. Head over to Conyers too and check out where they film the Originals! Super rad! xox

  46. But where is high school?

    Aref / Reply
  47. Where did they film the scene in season one episode eleven where Elena and Damon stop on the side of the road in Georgia

    Kaytlynn / Reply
  48. Where is the scene where Damon and Elena first meet filmed ??

    Tessa / Reply
  49. Are they still filming? Or has show wrapped up yet?

    KittieDanger / Reply
  50. What is the best time or days to catch them filming & are they still filming now?

    Sherri / Reply
  51. Can you visit the town without doing the tour?

    Jordan nelson / Reply
  52. Are they going to show the season finale in the square in covington?

    Kristie / Reply
  53. I love the vampire diaries i got my sister into liking it too we’re going on a road trip to Georgia to go on the tour we’re both super excited i don’t know what im going to do when the show ends

    Melissa chafins / Reply
  54. Coming from Richmond Virginia this weekend for the vampire diaries finale. Have taken a tour with Jessica before but she is all sold out this weekend. Looking to cram as many tvd filming locations into the weekend as possible. Have heard several shows have shot in and around Walton mills, starrsville plantation and gathier plantation, that willouby is really stone mountain, etc. Where are these locations? Are there coordinates I can put in the gps?

    April smith / Reply
  55. Do you know where Season 2 “Kill or be Killed” was filmed. The volunteer site. It looks beautiful

    Amanda / Reply
  56. Is Wickery Bridge a real location in or around Covington? That would be a pretty awesome place to see. Thank you for all of this info, can’t wait to “geek” out on the tour!

    Larissa / Reply
  57. What about the high school ? I been so anxious to find out if the high school was real!! (Ok…maybe I’m a little to obsessive over this show lol)

    jasmine / Reply
    • It’s a soundstage. Sorry lol. You will find out so much on the tour. They know everything there is to know.

    • The High School is real. The football field is filmed in another location in Monroe, Ga. It still looks like it did when filming.

      Tammy / (in reply to jasmine) Reply
  58. the film “Vamper Diaries” was so epic, i felt so emotional in several scene. I really enjoyed it, i just wished it never ended because i miss it every day, but right now i am on “The Originals” looks so much like vampire diaries with some same characters of Vamper Diaries”.. i just wish i could travel and see mystic falls..

    ifeanyi / Reply
  59. Do you know the name of the park the Delena kiss scene was filmed?Been twice to Covington and haven’t found it yet.Email me Please??!!

    Lorie Bradforx / Reply
  60. I put my name wrong.Its Bradford

    Lorie Bradford / Reply
  61. Can anyone tell me where the house is that Bonnie stops Matt’s heart??

    Samantha Duncan / Reply
    • It’s in a small neighborhood called Dorchester Place right off the square in Covington. It’s the second or third from the last on the cul de sac. You’ll know it when you see it. 😉

  62. Someone else asked this as well, but where was the waterfall scene (season 2, episode 20) filmed?

    Holly / Reply

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