I just got back from Wilmington, NC which is a must see for fans of Teen dramas (like me!) as it was the filming location for not only Dawson’s Creek, but also One Tree Hill.
Wilmington continues to be a major destination for filmmakers. Currently, the Melissa McCarthy movie Tammy and the CBS series Under The Dome are filming in town and, last year, most of Iron Man 3 was filmed there,too.
But, for those of us who loved and miss Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill, it will always be Capeside/Tree Hill.
Here’s a look at five of my favorite DC/OTH filming locations in Wilmington:
Grace St. and N Front St, Wilmington (Karen’s Cafe/Clothes Over Bros)
No One Tree Hill fan can walk up N. Front Street without immediately recognizing the storefront that served as Karen’s Cafe and later Brooke’s store, Clothes Over Bros. The store was a mainstay on the show for all nine seasons.
The River Walk/Elijah’s
If you have watched even a few episodes of either series you will immediately recognize Wilmington’s River Walk. It was used in countless episodes of both.
And, as a bonus, you’ll also get to see Elijah’s, which was Pacey’s restaurant in the D.C. finale!
Wrightsville Beach (opening credits of Dawson’s Creek)
After visiting Wrightsville Beach it is easy to see why so many scenes of both series were filmed here, including the opening credits of Dawson’s Creek. If you’re a fan of the show you will immediately recognize the Oceanic Pier – just watch out for the earworm – you won’t be able to get “I Don’t Wanna Wait” out of your head for the rest of the day!
Battleship Park (River Court)
Battleship Park was the home of the River Court on One Tree Hill for all nine years of the series. After the show ended, the basketball court was torn up, but you can check out the rest of the park. You can even see it from the River Walk.
Alderman Hall at UNCW (Capeside High)
Alderman Hall on the UNC Wilmington campus was used so frequently on Dawson’s Creek, as it was the real-life exterior of Capeside High School, that during the first couple of season’s of the show crews would be on campus at least twice a month. Today there is a plaque on a bench at the front of the building commemorating the university’s time on Dawson’s Creek.
If you can’t wait to go to Wilmington and see some of these locations for yourself, it’s not too late to enter to win a trip to Wilmington! Check out this link for all of the details!