If you’re reading this, you’re a Nicholas Sparks film lover just like I am!
But this isn’t the only filming locations post I have luckily. If you’re after locations for The Notebook in Charleston, South Carolina or want even more than this post contains from Dawson’s Creek to Nicholas Sparks films (including some that are also focused on in this piece) – but were filmed in Southport, North Carolina – then you found the right place!
In this post however, I cover all the Nicholas Sparks filming locations you can find for a few select East Coast regions from the films: A Walk to Remember, Safe Haven, Nights in Rodanthe and The Last Song – some of my all time favourite Nicholas Sparks films!
All of these films have played a large part in my love of the Southern East Coast of the United States. These films feature some beautiful towns, ultimately making these stories so visually picturesque; and a place that anyone would want to live in. These towns are truly characters in the films themselves. I recently returned to all of these towns in 2017, so be sure to check and see what other locations I found on that trip…some i’ve waited years to get back and see!
So where can you see some of these beautiful places that takes you right inside the land of Nicholas Sparks?
Nicholas Sparks North Carolina Locations:
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Wilmington is known for being the ‘Hollywood of the East Coast’. With television series including Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Revolution and Under the Dome filming here, there is a lot to see around town. There have been various films shot here, with Domestic Disturbance, Summer Catch and Stuck in Love just a handful of the titles calling this place home too.
One of Nicholas Sparks’s first book adaptations was also shot here in Wilmington. Starring Mandy Moore and Shane West, this town is a perfect back drop to the teen tear-jerker romance, A Walk to Remember. Even more amazing, is the fact that Sparks, like he did with The Notebook, used real-life inspiration; telling the story of his younger sister who died of cancer as a teenager – but not before falling in love…just like in the film.
There are many locations to see in Wilmington for A Walk to Remember, however the main ones like Orton Plantation are not open to the public anymore which is a real shame. One location however, that is available and worth seeing is the house Jamie Sullivan lives at with her father, the town priest. It is a beautiful home, with a large wraparound porch that the film really utilizes in certain key scenes; which when you see the photo of the house, makes perfect sense.
If you’re able to visit Southport, you can also see the cemetery and Jamie’s father’s church when you visit, which I just did this past June 2017 when I was there finding Safe Haven locations. The post for these is here.
The A Walk to Remember house can be found at 1716 Chestnut St, Wilmington.
Safe Haven (2013)
While I was on the location hunt for Dawson’s Creek locations in Southport back in Summer 2011, there was a building being constructed pretty much where I was standing to take the below photo, which is the location of where Pacey docked his boat ‘True Love’ in Dawson’s Creek. Little did I know, but this building was to be the General Store that would be used in one of the most recent Nicholas Sparks book-to-film projects Safe Haven starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel.
I love this story as it is a little more fast-paced than most; centering around a woman who flees her abusive husband to live in a small town. I love the chemistry Hough and Duhamel have together too. It was really great casting.
The Marina is pretty accessible, and a nice walk from the main part of town. If you make your way to Yacht Basin Drive and W Brunswick St, you will be right where these buildings are, but if you walk about a few feet further up then you will be right where the General Store was when it existed – on this bare patch of gravel.
The House Josh Duhamel lives in with his children is also located on W Brunswick St. It is the third house on the left with a brick fence, a little further up from this spot. Along these two roads alone, there are a sprinkling of other locations which you can also see in my Safe Haven post here including all the addresses and a google map.
Southport is just a lovely town all round. But if you love Safe Haven…this is a dream town to visit.
Rodanthe (The Outer Banks)
Nights In Rodanthe (2008)
If there was one movie location I dreamt of seeing, it was this house. The ‘Serendipity’ Bed and Breakfast that is just as much a star as the film’s two leads Richard Gere and Diane Lane, who meet when Gere stays at the accommodation, while Lane looks after it for her friend one weekend.
The Outer Banks are just beautiful and driving through to Rodanthe is breathtaking; whether you’re there to capture Rodanthe Filming Locations or not.
The house used in the filming of this ultimate tear-jerker Nights In Rodanthe has an interesting story though.
Not only was it a house that looked like it came straight out of a fairytale, sitting on the beach with the ocean waves below, as many houses in this area can be found – this house was saved by fans of the film who moved the house further inland after hurricanes had battered it into an almost deathly state. They fixed it up and opened it up as a vacation home for rent!
So not only do you get to enjoy seeing this house up close, you can STAY in this house and truly live the Rodanthe dream. It is called the Inn at Rodanthe. Click here for more about renting this place!
This house took me awhile to track down online, but I found it! The house is located on the beach along Highway 12, at Beacon Rd East, Rodanthe. Just look for the house with the blue shutters and the tall part of the structure…it isn’t hard to spot!
And another joy of driving along Highway 12, just like Gere did in the film, is driving along the sand dune road with the breeze pushing sand across the road as you pass by. This road, even if it wasn’t in the film is something I would definitely be interested in doing as it is just so beautiful and calm. This is the Outer Banks right here, so make sure you do this once in your lifetime!
Nicholas Sparks Georgia Locations:
The Last Song (2010)
Savannah & Tybee Island, Georgia
Savannah is an amazing town, movie locations aside. It is little wonder why this film chose such a beautiful location for its backdrop. This film was created before the book was released, with Sparks writing the screenplay first with Cyrus in mind; and then writing the book. But either way, they are both amazing!
The Last Song is the film which brought Miley Cyrus (in her pre-twerking days) together with ex-fiance turned current fiance (or whatever they are) Liam Hemsworth in what has to be one of the most honest and heart-breaking stories of them all. Not only is this a story about teenage love; but it’s also a story about the parent-child relationship as well.
Even though Cyrus may be described as many things, she truly does shine in this film.
There are two locations one can visit while in Savannah; the first is the Wormsloe Plantation which is located at 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, which is about 20 minutes drive from the city center. This Plantation is beautiful. It is $10 to visit, and on the day I went it was pouring with rain so I didn’t venture to the house, which I am not even sure you can actually visit anymore. But that driveway! Wow! Breathtaking…even when soggy! Well worth a visit just to drive along that.
This Plantation was where Will lived with his rich family, but this driveway also made an appearance with Cyrus singing “She Will Be Loved” along with the radio, as they drove along. It was also featured in Magic Mike XXL as the place Jada Pinkett- Smith owns, when she challenges Channing Tatum to see if he “still has some magic in that Mike”.
The other location from this film, is Tybee Island.
This was the location where Ronnie and Will meet when he is playing in a Volleyball competition on the beach. It is pretty nice to see all of the Volleyball courts and the pier, and to picture it just as it was in the film, filled with people. Tybee Island Beach is a stunning, truly beautiful beach to sit on, but I would never had known about it if not for this film.
Tybee Island is a 30 minute drive from Savannah, with the area everything is located, found at Strand Ave and 16th St, Tybee Island.
The church from the end of the film is also a place fans can visit, with the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel on show as you drive into Tybee from Savannah. This Chapel was located somewhere else during the filming, but was moved to 114 U.S. 80, Tybee Island to become a wedding and events space. Pretty cool right?
For those who make it to Wilmington, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher was also used in The Last Song, so it’s also well worth stopping by to see that if you take the ferry across to Southport from there. This was where Will worked and swam in the aquarium on his date with Ronnie.
So there you have it. So many beautiful places and towns I probably would never have known about if not for these amazing films. I love the Carolina’s and Georgia, and look forward to returning to every one of these places again..for the 5th time haha.
Happy location hunting!
For more Nicholas Sparks, click here to see ‘The Notebook’ locations, and for ‘Safe Haven’, click here. For all other filming locations, please click on the Filming Locations tab to see everything.
What cemetery was in the movie a walk to remember
Hi Leanna! Nice to meet another fan! The A Walk To Remember cemetery is in Southport. It’s called The Old Smithville Burying Ground. You can’t miss it.
I just came back from a Bucket List trip down the North Carolina coast. My sister and I visited Edenton, New Bern, Wilmington, and Southport. Your website/blog was a great help. Thank you!!!! We didn’t get a chance to visit everything (outer banks, Rodanthe, aquarium) but that gives us a reason to go back.
Aww thanks so much Lori! I am so happy to hear you made it there! What a fun trip! NC is my favourite state. Where in the states do you live? I am so glad this was a helpful resource to you. It’s exactly why I wrote it. There is so much to see there and in surrounding areas, but definitely make it a mission to return and see the Outer Banks. I am literally dying to return there. It was truly stunning.
Loved your post. I am in Savannah now and went to Wormsloe Plantation yesterday. The plantation house is actually no longer there, so the house from Last Song must have been somewhere else. You can drive down the lane and hike around the grounds though. The trees are just gorgeous.
Hi Tara! Thanks for the info! The definitely used the driveway in the filming, but I wonder where that house is? Magic Mike XXL also used it as a location so its in Savannah haha. I need to find this! But the driveway is amazing isn’t it? Stunning. Hope you had a great time!
Do you know where the filming location is for Landon’s house in A Walk to Remember? We have searched for it for a long time!
Hi Jamie! Thanks for stopping by! I have searched and searched for this info as well. If i find it I will definitely let you know. This was one that I just can’t get any info on at all! I wish they would re-open Orton Plantation too. Dying to visit that.
I recently became a fan of Nicholas Sparks Novel. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂
Maybe, one day i could visit it also.
Hi Gaile! Thanks so much for messaging! I love Nicholas Sparks everything – I actually met him a few years ago when The Best Of Me came out. He is an awesome guy. Definitely aim to head to some of these places. I still have many more places to see!
where is the sign, where landon takes Jamie (where she is in two places at once)?? than you.
Hi Christina! I am yet to find this location but its definitely on the list. It must be a random street outside Wilmington possibly between Southport based on all the trees. If you do track it down definitely let me know!
Thank you for all of the great info!
LOVE all Nicholas Sparks novels.
I am a Montana girl in Wilmington, NC looking forward to seeing as many places as possible.
I didn’t know that A walk to remember was from a Nicholas Sparks’s book. I’ll check this out. I love that movie and Nicholas Sparks too.Thanks Toni 😉
Yes! It was one of the first to be made into a film from the novel. It was the book that made me fall in love with his novels.
I am still trying to figure out the location of the restaurant in A Walk to Remember where Landon and Jamie go out on their first date.
Hey John! Happy to meet a fellow fan! A walk to remember was really hard to track much down on. But from what i could see of that scene and what i know about films and tv that have been shot here is that they usually create restaurants on waterfronts that don’t exist in real life. I will keep an eye out for you, but i think that’s what happened here because they are outside and its not within the constraints of a building like those found along the Cape Fear River in Wilmington. But i’ve wanted to see more for this film so if i find anything out ill be sure to update you.
I’ve never seen the movie, but this definitely makes me want to!! What absolutely beautiful locations. Definitely added to my travel list!
I hope you make it there! There are some amazing towns down here.
So jealous that you visited all the Nicholas Sparks filming locations. 😉 It’s really good they saved the Nights in Rodanthe house. Staying there is on my bucket list now! Now off to read your post on the Notebook.
Aww thanks! Yes it’s my dream to stay there too. Maybe we should get a group together to afford the rental? Haha.
It used to be right next to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge at Greens Point, at the end of the houses. I stayed in the house next to it many times. They have now moved it right in the middle of the houses. It lost some of it’s charm by moving. However, the water would run right under the house with high tide, causing damange and it had to be moved. It was neat to look at before, sitting by itself with nothing but nature beside it.
This is really interesting to know! I really do want to see the house, but it’s a shame that the charm is lessened now. I’d still love to see it – do you happen to know the actual address of it?
I have loved all the Nicholas Sparks books, and also the movies. It is not that often that movies really do the author justice but they have in all of his. I think it’s a mixture of great casting and great locations that really bring the stories to life.
Couldn’t agree more! The locations in the films and movies just add to the romanticism. I love them so much!
Loved that movie too, – The Last Song, great post
I love all of them…it’s so hard just picking one! Enjoy the Carolina’s 🙂
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