If you were a teenage girl growing up between 2003-2011 you probably watched One Tree Hill. I was obsessed with the show and it was my favorite. I was, of course, disappointed when Peyton and Lucas left the show and they didn’t take time to cover it in the show but I remained a loyal fan regardless.
In 2009, my sister decided that she was going to go to school in Wilmington, NC which was about 1-2 hour drive from where we were living. She wouldn’t be close but definitely not far. Well, I moved off to Hawaii but came back to visit yearly and on one particular visit she mentioned that One Tree Hill was filmed there. I was immediately stoked and made it a MUST do for that day.
After some research on Google, I found every location the show was filmed at and made a list. My best friend, who was also obsessed with the show, and I headed out to see what we could find. After exploring “One Tree Hill” for a couple of hours, here is a collection of all the popular spots that were used in filming that we were able to find.
Checking out the houses was quite nostalgic. I wanted to run into to Peyton’s house to look at her closet door. Then I wanted to run into Lucas’ house just to see the whole layout.
Karen’s Diner – Clothes Over Bros
Clothes Over Bros became a huge part of One Tree Hill with robbery to wedding dresses getting ruined, it was iconic. We were lucky enough to find the store mostly still in order, however, mannequins were all over the place.
The most exciting and most let down venue was Club Tric. We were so excited to run up and find an abandoned warehouse only to find a lock and bolted door. We searched for windows but we had no luck sadly.
Donned as the most memorable location of the entire series, the Rivercourt. The Rivercourt may seem large on tv but in reality, it’s only this big. This is where Peyton and Lucas first interacted and where their love was professed in an ever creative letter on the court. It was seriously the most romantic scene ever.
The Infamous One Tree Hill Bridge
Every time I visit Wilmington, I always find myself wanting to visit the locations time and time again to relive my teenage years in a sense. Though these photos were taken 7-8 years ago now and Peyton’s river court love letter is long gone, the locations and my teenage mind still live there.