Filming Locations Guide: Where is Outer Banks filmed? The real Kildare County Island location

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The Outer Banks (aka OBX) are barrier islands off the coast in North Carolina, and also the name of the new Netflix sun-kissed adventure thriller. However, all the filming took place in and around Charleston in South Carolina.

The producers scouted North Carolina, planning to film the series in Wilmington. However, because of anti-LGBTQ law, Netflix made the decision to insist on inclusivity, so Charleston is finally taking over for Wilmington in Outer Banks.

The action is set in a fictional town of Kildare, split by Figure Eight, the rich side of the island, home of the Kooks, and the poorer south side is called The Cut, habitat of the Pogues.

Sullivans Island and Folly Beach
A group of Pogue teenagers, lead by John B (Chase Stokes), find themselves involved on the hunt for the sunken treasure of the Royal Merchant, a boat loaded with gold that disappeared in the Atlantic in 1929. After a hurricane washes the coast, John B's father mysteriously vanishes.

The show also stars Madelyn Cline (who like Chase Stokes, she had a small secondary role in hit series Stranger Things), Madison Bailey as Kiara, Jonathan Daviss as Pope, Rudy Pankow as JJ and Austin North as Topper. Welcome to our Outer Banks Filming Locations Guide:

Kildare Harbor Shem Creek
The entrance to Kildare Harbor was filmed at Haddrell Point in Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant. Pope father's business Heyward's Seafood and The Wreck restaurant where Kiara works as a waiter are located here, side by side. The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene is a real waterfront seafood restaurant that was revamped and set up for filming a few scenes of the series.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Town street
Several scenes set in downtown Kildare were filmed in Mount Pleasant's Old Village District. The Kildare County (NC) Sheriff Station, the street ravaged by the hurricane from episode 2 and the fake Sandy Point Surf Shop are all located on Pitt St. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map Location


wetlands speedboat sequence
The marshes area where the gang finds the wrecked boat, on board the HMS Pogue, was shot at Lighthouse Creek near Morris Island. The old red and white 19th century Lighthouse, located on the southern side of the entrance to Charleston Harbor, can be seen in the background of several scenes.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Morris Island Lighthouse


Outer Banks House
Sarah Cameron's family house is Lowndes Grove, a historic plantation mansion built in 1786. Located at 266 St Margaret St in Charleston, the state is nowadays used as a wedding and event venue. The fourteen acres property, overlooking the Ashley River, is situated near The Citadel and Hampton Park neighborhood.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


The Lighthouse from The Lucky Compass chapter
Following the compass clue, on the second episode the Pogues visit the Redfield Lighthouse. The scene was actually shot in the Hunting Island Lighthouse, located 20 miles east of Beaufort. Some scenes in the Boneyard Beach were also filmed in this scenic natural Island State Park in South Carolina's Lowcountry.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


Posh venue next to the ocean
The Island Inn Resort where the Midsummer Ball takes place is actually The Ocean Course Clubhouse at Kiawah Island. Located 30 miles south of Charleston, in this spectacular luxury golf resort and event space were played the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Motel stormed by tempest and Movie theater
The Summer Winds Motel, badly hit by the hurricane in the first episode, is the Creekside Lands Inn at 2545 Savannah Highway in Charleston. The outdoor cinema from episode four was shot on the grounds of the Dunes West Golf and River Club at 3535 Wando Plantation Way in Mt Pleasant.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Motel - Golf Club


Boat and jetty scene
In episode 4, 'Spy Games', Sarah and John B get off the island sneaking in a ferry. This sequence was shot in the Charleston Maritime Center pier. On the way back, they take the picturesque Carolina Belle boat, operated by Charleston Harbor Tours. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Outer Banks Drehort
With the excuse to dress up to get to archives, the guys go shopping to The Ben Silver Collection store, located at 149 King St in Charleston. Image courtesy of Netflix - Location


John and Sarah go to college
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was actually filmed in the Charleston Gaillard Center, a new elegant grand theater and performing arts center, refurbished in 2015. Map


Secondary school
The Kildare County High School is the Camp Road Middle School located at 1484 Camp Rd in Charleston. The Hawk's Nest tower where John B falls in the fifth episode is the Palmetto Park Island Observation Tower.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps - Watchtower map


The gold in the cellar mansion with cat weathervane
The creepy old lady house with a large garden is 209 Ashley Ave in Charleston. The top part of the house was added digitally for the show. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


Old temple
The old abandoned church in episode 7 'Dead Calm' is the Bethel AME Church (African American Episcopal) in McClellanville. Erected in 1872, it was in service until 1979. This building is now being transformed into a community center. The small wooden church from episode 8 The Runway is St Paul's Lutheran Church in Mt Pleasant. Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: McClellanville / Mt Pleasant


James Island Secessionville
Season one ends up with a police camp set under the lighthouse... the Hunting Island Lighthouse, CGI'd into Fort Johnson area, the northeast point of James Island. Here are located the buildings of the Hollings Marine Laboratory complex. The John B's house pier is located in the Secessionville Historic District also in James Island, but if you are visiting the neighborhood please respect the private properties of the area! The success of the series has caused a lot of trespassing that is very unwelcome for the owners.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

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For further information about the real North Carolina's Outer Banks, here are a couple of interesting guides about this beautiful land. On the other hand, go south and explore the charming South Carolina coast and beaches portrayed in the series with Fodor's The Carolinas Travel GuideFodor travel guide:

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30 comments

  1. This article is past due. When this made for tv series began advertising locally, reviews and comments surfaced that lamented the movie not being filmed in Dare County and discounting and dismissing the production before it aired. The production seemed well done even if you can't take a ferry to Chapel Hill. Ha!

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  2. The hospital used in the movie is the old East Cooper Hospital

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  3. it's incredible but you Don't have the john b house ?

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  4. The hotel is “Creekside Lands Inn” right off Savannah Hwy in West Ashley.

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  5. The Outdoor Cinema was filmed at Dunes West Golf & River Club.

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  6. The outdoor cinema is filmed at the Dunes West Clubhouse in Mount Pleasant, SC

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  7. The church from episode 8 is St. Paul’s Lutheran on Pitt St in Old Village (the outside at least)

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  8. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
    604 Pitt Street
    Mount Pleasant SC

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  9. The tower where John B falls is the Observation Tower at Palmetto Island County Park

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    1. Yeah im 100% it is, Ive watched BTS and thats his house.

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    2. That's awesome, updated! :)

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    3. With even more stalking of google earth and the cast posting Behind the scenes footage that is 100% John Bs House

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    4. I went there and it doesn’t look like John Bs maybe close...but it’s the colorful house scooters wife lived in.

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    5. Hi, I just set up a road trip to see all of these locations next month... John B's house is the only one we are missing... any info would be much appreciated! Thanks

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    6. can you please send me your list of locations! I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE IT

      send me an email at trickyoolong@gmail.com

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    7. Hey guys, we cannot publish the address of John B house (or the pier) per request of the owners. The neighbors are not happy with strangers trespassing their properties. If you are visiting the area, please remember that a private home is not a public TV set. Thank you all for your undersanding.

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    8. HEY CAN YOU SEND ME YOUR LIST PLEASE!?!?!?!

      My email is nakmaura.paula.m@gmail.com

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    9. Just went to see everything... heads up- the church attic (John B's secret spot) is a set I believe. It looks too small to actually be what the show portrays.

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    10. We also did drive to John B's (it is private property) and the swing is still there!

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  11. The creepy house with the gold in the basement is 209 Ashley Ave. The top part of the house was added digitally for the show.

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  12. Hey! Are you sure, Because it looks like it 100% and the house in the background are the same and the road is to

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  13. To bad Netflix is intolerant and doesn't coexist! they miss the ball on North Carolina's Outer Banks a beautiful place. But they still kept the name Outer Banks isn't that ironic.

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  14. What about the cemetery, where John B. has found a message from his father?

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