From hiking trails to historic homes to hilarious heists

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2015) – With awards season underway, a spotlight is cast on the Asheville area and its numerous 2015 connections to the silver and small screens.  Playing the role of story muse, film backdrop and celebrity playground, Western North Carolina offers adventures and immersive travel experiences for film and television fans. Learn the favorite hangouts of Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson, visit Asheville's own Downton Abbey, learn about the inspiration for a Nicholas Sparks tale or explore the Appalachian Trail with these 2014 connections.

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Home to the highest peaks in the east, lush landscapes and dramatic historical sites, the Asheville region provides a visually spectacular backdrop for the motion picture industry. From "The Last of the Mohicans" to "The Hunger Games," here are a few examples of the 68 movies that have been filmed in Western North Carolina. The area also has a rich literary history with many greats calling Asheville home (Thomas Wolfe) or those who found themselves frequently amid the Blue Ridge Mountains (F. Scott Fitzgerald).