During our road trip south along the East Coast, Kevin and I stopped at what soon became our favorite beach town, Wrightsville Beach. While here, we spent time with friends, checked out the neighboring coastal towns, and explored downtown Wilmington. In addition, we also enjoyed a self-made tour of the most memorable One Tree Hill locations that every fan can and should visit.
For those who need a ‘refresher,’ One Tree Hill was an American drama that first aired on September 23, 2003. This WB series was about two half brothers, Lucas and Nathan Scott, who competed for a spot on the Tree Hill High basketball team. Though Lucas and Nathan were half brothers, until high school, they led very separate lives and essentially hated each other. The series continued for nine seasons while showcasing the brother’s rivalry, romances, complex family dynamics, and struggles to figure out where and how they fit into each other’s lives.
Now enough about the show let’s get into the most memorable One Tree Hill locations every fan can visit!
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13 Most Memorable “One Tree Hill” Filming Locations
USS Battleship Park, 1 Battleship Road, Wilmington, NC 28401
Located in Battleship Park next to Battleship North Carolina is the iconic site of The Rivercourt. The Rivercourt was where Lucas Scott and his friends Marvin McFadden (Mouth), Antwon Tanner (Skills), Jimmy Edwards, and more frequently hung out and played basketball. Here Lucas and his friends were able to escape the jocks and other pressures of high school and just enjoy each other’s company!
Though The Rivercourt was dismantled after filming and production of One Tree Hill was completed, the site and the views of Wilmington from that side of the river should still appear very familiar to fans.
1829 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403
Not far from downtown Wilmington is Karen and Lucas Scott’s home. During the first few seasons of One Tree Hill, Karen and Lucas lived here together until she ultimately gave the house to Lucas in season five.
Heather Loftin with the Battleship says “One Tree Hill” crews will be removing the court and restoring the park to its natural state. Loftin said its part of the productions contract with the state park. If it stays up, the court is a liability for the park.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – “One Tree Hill” actress Sophia Bush lamented the loss of the iconic basketball court that symbolized the long-running television series that was filmed for years in Wilmington.
Monday, crews began the dismantling process of the court that sits near the Battleship. The show is ending its television run this season.
“#GoodbyeRivercourt I know that nothing lasts forever, but this hurts my heart. At least we loved it for so long … To whomever owns the property, thank you so much for letting us have it for nine wonderful years. It was a magical place,” Sophia Bush posted on her website Monday evening.
The outdoor patio of the restaurant at 5 South Water Street (currently Michaels on the Waterfront) served as an open-air produce market in several episodes.
In that same block, Edge of Urge at 18 Market Street was the setting of a lingerie shop in the show.
Start off at Water Street Park, which is located on the Wilmington Riverwalk across from the Alton Lennon Federal Courthouse. It is recognizable as the backdrop for some outdoor basketball games during the show.
Just across the Cape Fear River from downtown, theres Battleship Park on Eagles Island. The site next to the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA served as the location for the River Court outdoor basketball court. The River Court was dismantled after the series ended, but taking in the views of Wilmington from this side of the river should be familiar to fans of the show.
The restaurant Platypus & Gnome at 9 South Front Street doubled as a restaurant during season five of the show.
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