The fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana is the setting for the Netflix smash hit, Stranger Things. Many exterior filming locations are actual places in and around Atlanta. Fans can take a self-guided tour to many of these iconic landmarks. My family jumped in the car, drove to Atlanta, and here’s what we saw.
Hawkins Middle and High School
109 South Lee Street, Stockbridge, Georgia
Formerly known as Patrick Henry High School, show producers turned this school into Hawkins Middle and High School. Many of the series most memorable scenes were filmed here. Don’t just stop at the side of the building under the painted Hawkins Middle School sign. Walk around and you’ll find locations of other scenes, like the entrance to the school where the boys wore their Ghostbusters costumes.
We weren’t the only ones who had this same great idea to check out some of Stranger Things filming locations. There were about 15 other fans checking out this location.
2530 Piney Wood Lane, East Point, Georgia
Just outside Atlanta, we found the Wheeler’s Home on a quiet cul-de-sac in a truly authentic 70’s neighborhood. I quickly noticed a bright red no trespassing sign with a handwritten note – Photos only in street! Obviously, more than a few fans have stopped here and ventured farther than they should have gone. When we were there, we were the only people around and the house looked unoccupied. We didn’t linger, but did take a few photographs before departing after about five minutes. The fictional homes of characters Dustin Henderson and Lucas Sinclair are located on the same street, so check those homes out as well.
Hawkins National Laboratory
1256 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, Georgia
Located on Emory’s University’s Briarcliff campus, the building used for Hawkins National Laboratory was formerly the Georgia Mental Health Institute. It appeared to be an unused building on an isolated part of the campus.
Using an actual scene of Hawkins Laboratory from the series, my daughter captured this cool I have been there shot.
Johnson Road NW, Atlanta, GA
You can skip this one. Formerly known as Bellwood Quarry, it’s currently not opened to the general public. It’s a restricted area with a guarded gate for authorized personnel only. It’s owned by the city of Atlanta and construction is underway to create a public park from the 280-acre greenspace.
Other Filming Locations
You can find Hawkins Police Station in Douglasville and Jackson Drug, Joyce’s work place in Jackson. We couldn’t fit all of the locations into our schedule, but several of the other fans we spoke to had been to these locations. After Season 3, it’s likely my family will check out Fandom, which is a great resource to learn more about other filming locations before we head back to Atlanta for another self-guided tour.