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 of North Carolina, and also the name of the Netflix sun-kissed adventure thriller. However, all the filming took place in and around Charleston in South Carolina.

The action is set in the fictional town of Kildare. The producers scouted North Carolina and planned to film the series in Wilmington. However, because of an anti-LGBTQ law, Netflix decided to insist on inclusivity, so Charleston is finally taking over for Wilmington in Outer Banks.

Welcome sign paradise on Earth

We are not sure if Kildare is really a 'paradise on Earth'. The town is split in two by Figure Eight, the rich side of the island (home of the Kooks), and the poorer south side called The Cut, the natural habitat of the Pogues.

The story revolves around a group of Pogue teenagers, led by John B (played by Chase Stokes). They find themselves involved in 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.


Kildare Harbor Shem Creek

The show also stars Madelyn Cline (who, like Chase Stokes, had a small secondary role in the hit series Stranger Things), Madison Bailey as Kiara, Jonathan Daviss as Pope, Rudy Pankow as JJ, and Austin North as Topper.

Season 2 is coming soon at some point this 2021. In the meantime, welcome to the best and most complete guide to the filming locations of Outer Banks that you can find:


The Wreck restaurant
The entrance to Kildare Harbor was filmed at Haddrell Point in Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant. Heyward's Seafood (Pope's father's business) and The Wreck restaurant where Kiara works as a waiter are located here, side by side.

The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene is a real waterfront seafood restaurant that was revamped and set up for filming several scenes of the series.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Town street in Kildare County
Many 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


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 stately home is nowadays used as a wedding and event venue.

This fourteen acres property overlooking the Ashley River is situated near The Citadel and Hampton Park neighborhood.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Motel stormed by tempest
If you are visiting Charleston, you can book a room in the Summer Winds Motel, the hotel badly hit by the hurricane in the first episode. Its real name is the Creekside Lands Inn at 2545 Savannah Highway.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


wetlands speedboat sequence
The marshes area where the gang finds the wrecked boat onboard the HMS Pogue was filmed 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 of episode one.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Morris Island Lighthouse


The Lighthouse from The Lucky Compass
Following the compass clue, the Pogues visit the Redfield Lighthouse in the second episode. The scene was shot in the Hunting Island Lighthouse, located 20 miles east of Beaufort.

Some scenes in 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 Midsummer Ball takes place in the Island Inn Resort. This is the Ocean Course Clubhouse at Kiawah Island.

This spectacular luxury golf complex and event space is located 30 miles south of Charleston. Many top golf tournaments were held here, including the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Boat and jetty scene
In episode 4, 'Spy Games', Sarah and John get off the island by sneaking onto 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 the archives, the guys go shopping at The Ben Silver Collection store, located at 149 King St in Charleston.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was actually filmed at Charleston Gaillard Center, an elegant grand theater and performing arts center, refurbished in 2015.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Shop / College


The outdoor movie theater
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 - 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. The scenes in the hospital were filmed at the old East Cooper Medical Center in Mount Pleasant.
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 from episode 6, 'Parcel 9', is located at 209 Ashley Ave in Charleston. The top part of the house was added digitally with a bit of CGI.
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, this temple was in service until 1979. This building is now being transformed into a community center.

The lower picture shows St Paul's Lutheran Church in Mt Pleasant, the small wooden church featured in episode 8, 'The Runway'.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: McClellanville / Mt Pleasant


James Island Secessionville
Season one ends up with a police camp set under the Hunting Island Lighthouse, CGI'd into Fort Johnson, the northeast point of James Island. The Hollings Marine Laboratory complex buildings are located here.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


John B house
John B's house with a pier is located in the Secessionville Historic District, also on James Island. We were asked to remove the exact address of the estate because the success of the series has caused a lot of trespassing, which is very unwelcome for the owners.

If you are visiting the neighborhood, please respect the private properties in the area!

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34 comments
  1. The hospital used in the movie is the old East Cooper Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  8. 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. Can you email me the address? I’m in charleston rn and would love to see it: benjaminshields3@gmail.com

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    12. I'd love a copy for a road trip! If anyone has one that they are willing to share, please send it to powerplaynails@gmail.com

      Thanks so MUCH!

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. What about the cemetery, where John B. has found a message from his father?

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  14. I am taking my teenage daughter and her friend to see the locations. We would love a list of locations and address if anyone has anything they could share. We are trying to develop our own, but are driving 9 hours and don’t want to miss anything. Thanks in advance. Email: Melissaswader@yahoo.com

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  15. It’s asinine that Netflix would name a show about us but film it elsewhere. We had a horrible Governor. He’s gone. He did a lot of damage, but it is being reversed. So much of this show is inaccurate in representation. But then again it is all make-believe. But please know, it is geographically impossible to take any ferry to Chapel Hill!! And by the way, who are these people wanting to go stalk these fictional characters?

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  16. Someone's mad, so let me explain. North Carolina had or still has an Anti-LGTBQ+ Law and Netflix doesn't support that so they filmed in the South.

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  17. And we (the OBX) has too many national parks that can’t get ruined.

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  18. Anything at all filmed in OBX?

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