Shows like the Walking Dead have glorified the zombie apocalypse theme. Even series like Doomsday Preppers, show that there are people who actually prep for these kind of events. While the doomsday preppers have their own set of reasonings, and The Walking Dead is merely fiction, it’s still fun to ponder exactly where you’d go in the event that this actually happened…
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1. The Outer Banks
If you own a boat, you'd be smart to sail far away to a remote stretch on one of NC's great barrier islands. There, you can form your own zombie-proof squad and make a getaway plan once the zombies have reached the coast.
2. Deep in the Appalachian or Smoky Mountains
If you've got camping gear and supplies, you're in luck. Drive on the HWY ( if possible) and abandon your car on the side of the Blue Ridge. Take your family deep into the mountains and cultivate a self-sustained, zombie free life. Also, a shotgun might be handy in this situation.
3. Hanging Rock State Park
Hanging Rock State Park has plenty of nooks and crannies to shove yourself into while hiding from the undead and spotting them from the distance. It was even used by British loyalists during the Revolutionary War for this very reason.
4. Charlotte storm drains
If you're stuck in the city, because lets be honest, there's no getting out of Charlotte during this kind of event (have you driven through Charlotte at 5'o clock), take to the storm drains. This labyrinth of tunnels runs beneath some of the city's most busiest sections. It will be your most immediate place of safety, as you can't solely survive in a storm drain, but you can use it to navigate to your next location. Also, a Charlotte news team was able to access the tunnels and walk through the city completely undetected, so your chances of a swift survival are good.
5. The 'Subway' an abandoned, underground mall in Raleigh.
There's much mystery, and conspiracy, behind this sealed off, underground mall in Raleigh. One user says she believes an entrance to be in the Fresh Market basement. Find an urban explorer who has explored this before, and get there early. Assert your dominance before anyone else arrives, that way, you can rule your underground kingdom until the zombies ravage Raleigh. But since one conspiracy says this was designed as a bomb shelter in the cold war, you might be ok. Oh and also, another conspiracy mentions 'sewer monsters' so bring ammo, a lot of it.
6. The North Carolina Zoo
With plenty of electric fences, cages, oh, and scary lions to hopefully ward off zombies, you can protect yourself for awhile at the zoo. Once the animals turn into zombies as well (does that happen?) and the zoo just isn't working anymore (think Jurassic Park 3) go deep into the Uwharrie Mountains and hideout until you can develop your next escape plan.
7. Fort Macon State Park
This restored Civil War Era-fort is surrounded by water and has plenty of places that are great for hiding. Pretty sure zombies can't swim...right?
8. General Payne's bomb shelter in Charlotte
What originally started as an Olympic sized swimming pool quickly turned into a bomb shelter in the sixites. Eric Middleton, photographer and explorer, talks about this bomb shelter on his
It's safe to say he has first dibs, but maybe he'll share.
9. RJ Reynolds High School Tunnels
If you find yourself stuck in Winston-Salem, take to the tunnels beneath R.J Reynolds. The tunnels are used to connect the main building, broiler room, and auditorium. While most Winstoners will think of this too, get there early to secure your zombie-proof spot.
10. Mining Tunnels and Caves
Go deep underground to stay safe from the zombies. Bring some rope to propel into new and old mining tunnels, or find a cave to hideaway in for a few days. While the conditions can be unsturdy, dangerous, and really no one wants to live underground, this can give you a week or so to figure out your next plan of action away from the zombies.
11. Fort Bragg
By some rare occurance this military fort opens its doors to mere civilians, Fort Bragg is your best bet for safety during a zombie apocalypse. As one of the largest, and busiest army forts in America, you'll have 251 square miles of zombie free land with pretty of ammo, bombs, and guns to protect yourself.
Where would you hide in the event of a zombie apocalypse? Tell us in the comments.