Where Was The Road Filmed? Filming Locations Of The Post Apocalyptic World! 


Have you ever imagined yourself in a post-apocalyptic world? When everything is in ruins, there’s no sign of life, and no loved one in sight. Maybe everyone has died? What will you do in a situation as such? Of course, it’s unrealistic. But, don’t you want some imaginary situation to (over) think and cry about at 3 AM? You know what? I’ll help you create such a situation in your head by telling you about the filming location of The Road (2009). So, keep reading to know where was The Road filmed! 

The Road is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Cormac McCarthy. And, you might find novels and movies based on a post-apocalyptic world unrealistic. In fact, most of them are pure cliche and predictable to the point where you are forced to stifle yawns. But, the way McCarthy penned down his imaginary version of the world makes it all very convincing and real. In fact, the movie looks like a natural disaster– something that can strike us at any given minute. Man, the movie will really make you go and prepare for a calamity as such. 

Anyways, The Road was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Oregon. The filmmakers began filming in Pittsburgh in February end in 2008. They filmed there for eight weeks and then moved on to other locations in the Northwest. 

But there’s more to the story, you know. As a lover of sci-fi thriller movies, you still need to know why filmmakers chose these locations, what scenes they filmed there, etc. And that’s why make sure to scroll to the bottom of this post! 

The Plot Of The Road | What Is The Road About?

Set in the post-apocalyptic world, The Road revolves around the aftermath of a cataclysmic event; the world has almost ended. The sky has turned gray, the rivers are almost all black. With everything on the land in ashes, and soot falling from the sky, little to no color is left in the world. The cities stand abandoned, and corpses litter the roads.

In a world as such, a man and his pre-teen son are trying to do everything to survive. They need to head south to the coast which the father believes is a more liveable place.  However, to reach there, they need to save themselves from the “bad people” who might take away, whatever the duo has managed to save, and also kill them for food if required. 

The father has a pistol with two bullets that he may use for suicide or murder if he feels that dying would be a better choice for him and his son. Life with his father is all the boy has ever known. But, over time he develops his own thoughts and sense of right and wrong and may act on them if need be.

We also see the man having flashbacks of the happier times–the ones involving his wife/ the boy’s mother before the apocalypse. And also the sad post-apocalyptic ones when the mother is not with them and the reasons that made her go. 

Here are some more details about the film:

Release DateNovember 25, 2009
Running Time1h 51m
Directed ByJohn Hillcoat
Produced ByNick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz
StarringViggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker, Michael Kenneth Williams, Garret Dillahunt
IMDb Rating7.2/10

Now, without further ado, let’s see where was The Road filmed! 

Here’s Where Was The Road Filmed | Explore All Filming Locations Below!

Do you want to know if the boy and his father will make it south? I wish they do. But, I’m also highly intrigued by the environment they are in right now. Do you want to know more about it, as well? If yes, then keep reading to know where was The Road filmed! 

Also, since you’re into knowing about filming locations, don’t forget to check out the ones of House Of The Dragon, and Out Of Africa! You’ll surely like those too!


Where Was The Road Filmed? Filming Locations Of The Post Apocalyptic World! 

It’s easy to see why the filmmakers chose this location and decided to do most of the filming here. Pennsylvania offered tax breaks and a plethora of locations that looked desert and decayed–exactly what was needed for a post-apocalyptic world. 

Pennsylvania Turnpike was used to shoot the scene where the gang of cannibals emerged from Ray’s Hill Tunnel. This part os Pennsylvania was abandoned in the 1960s and was therefore perfect for filming a scene as such. Apart from that Raccoon Creek State Park was used to shoot the scene wherein the father-son duo would escape into the forest. 

Conneaut Lake Theme Park

Where Was The Road Filmed? Filming Locations Of The Post Apocalyptic World! 

Conneaut Lake Theme Park is located on the bank of Conneaut Lake, 90 miles to the North of Pittsburgh. This place (Dreamland Ballroom and bowling alley in particular) had been earlier damaged by fire and still bore the dusty and decayed remains of the human civilization. 

So, the production unit of The Road took advantage of this and filmed several scenes of the movie here. For example, the one where the duo saves themselves by shooting flares into a deserted house. 


Where Was The Road Filmed? Filming Locations Of The Post Apocalyptic World! 

The scene where the father-son duo reaches their location–the south coast was filmed in Oregon. The scene where the man exacts revenge on a robber was filmed in Fort Stevens State Park, Hammond located near Astoria, Oregon. 

Final Words

Alright, guys! You’ve successfully scrolled through the bottom of this post! So, by now, I’m sure you all know where was The Road filmed! I hope you put all these places on your travel bucket list and visit them someday! 

What Production Companies Have Worked On The Road?

Dimension Films, 2929 Productions, and Nick Wechsler Productions are the production companies that have worked on The Road. 

What Is The Tagline Of The Road?

The tagline of The Road is: In a moment the world changed forever. 

Who Is The Writer Of The Movie The Road?

The movie The Road was written by Joe Penhall and Corman McCarthy. 

What Are Some More Movies Like The Road?

If you liked watching the movie The Road, then you can also watch Eastern Promises, A History Of Violence, Children Of Men, The Book Of Eli, Far From Men, Hidalgo, Captain Fantastic, Everybody Has A Plan, etc. 

Ujwal Mattoo
Ujwal Mattoo
With full journalism and half engineering background, Ujwal has hands in both the tech and creative fields. He is a film enthusiast who loves all kinds of genres. As much as he enjoys watching movies, he is always amused to know more and write about the locations to feed his hunger for traveling. In this world of fictional louds, he voices his opinions softly! He is either busy writing or playing with Milo, his dog!


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