Burkittsville the famous are where the movie Blair Witch was filmed, I loved this film idea and have never stopped liking this movie and the way that they made it. Headed There!
The surprise smash hit of 1999 was a made-for-peanuts fake documentary, supposedly edited down from amateur footage of three student filmmakers who disappeared in the 'Black Hills Forest' near Burkittsville, Maryland, while investigating local stories about the titular witch. The film’s success lies in setting up the basic premise with a series of amazingly convincing vox pop interviews about the (totally fictitious) legend.
The filmmakers stock up for the expedition at – what was – Staub's Country Inn. It’s since closed down and is now window store HarBro Protection Solutions,19800 Darnestown Road, Beallsville, about 20 miles southeast of Burkittsville.
Between Burkittsville and Beallsville, you can find the store, outside which they’re told about the murder of the seven kids, which is Stup's Market, 5550 Mountville Road, Adamstown (which was Adamstown Village Market at the time of filming). Just south of Burkittsville, the last meal, and the interview with the waitress, are in Mommer's Diner, 1 South Maple Avenue at Potomac Street inBrunswick (formerly the Silver Rail Diner). A mile or two west is Knoxville, where the trio spend their first night at the Hillside Motel, 19105 Keep Tryst Road.
The Blair Witch Project filming location: “an unusually high number of children laid to rest: Burkittsville Cemetery, Maryland
The opening scenes of the trip really are Burkittsville, Maryland – though don't necessarily expect a warm welcome if you visit. Many locals were not best pleased with the attention their town received – even booing the filmmakers out of town when they returned to discuss filming a sequel.
Michael’s (Michael C Williams) house, from which they set off, is in Wheaton,Maryland, just north of Washington D.C..
The Blair Witch Project filming location: “We have shot the first scene...”: Burkittsville, Maryland
The ‘Black Hills Forest’ is Seneca Creek State Park, about 25 miles west ofBurkittsville. The 200-year-old house featured in the film has been saved from demolition by the film's distributors. It's the Griggs House in Patapsco Valley State Park, western Baltimore County.
DIRECTIONS TO COFFIN ROCK AND THE OLD HOUSE:
I'm posting this again so anyone who wants to visit will have accurate directions. Don't get lost
Seneca Creek State Park was where they filmed the hiking and camping scenes.
From I-270 in Maryland take Rt118 south towards Germantown. After about three miles this becomes a two lane road. Turn right on Black Rock Road -
yes, it really exists. As you remember this from the movie it's a small twisting road-so drive carefully and keep an eye out for deer. Watch on your
right side for the shack they passed, it's painted red. After you pass the shack about 50 yards down you will see where Josh parked his car on the left side of the road.
From here you have two choices to get to Coffin Rock.
Park your car here and walk a bit down the road. You will see a path leading into the forest. Take this path and in about five minutes you will be at the creek facing the rock. Continue following this trail until you come to
a grove of pine trees. This is where the stickmen were hung in the film.
FOR COFFIN ROCK: There is another trail, which is the one used in the film. Continue driving down the road and park at the old mill. Walk across the road
and look over the barrier. You will see a trail leading away. Walk this trail and you will be taken directly to the rock. Make sure you go on the side OPPOSITE the mill, not on the side of the bridge with the mill. Creek will be on your left.
The infamous tree across the creek is located east of Black Rock Rd.
Here's an adventure for you, try to find it. Clue, it's not on the trail.
The 'Rustin Parr' house is 38 miles northeast from the park
Go back up Black Rock Rd to Rt118 and turn left
Pass over I-270
Turn left on Rt355
Turn right on to Rt27 and follow for the next 16 miles
Rt27 makes a left turn in Damascus so be careful you don't miss it
Take I-70 east towards Baltimore
Exit at Rt32 North (exit 80)
Turn right on to Rt99
Turn left at Woodstock Road. There is a small ice cream place on the corner to your left
You will pass over the Patapsco River
Turn left on Hernwood Road
Shortly you will see an abandoned armory on the right
Park your car on Hernwood* and walk back down the road until you see a track leading behind the armory
(if you are facing the armory, walk to the right and up the right side) Walk this track keeping the fence on your left
You will walk down hill and then up
Look to your left and the house is visible through the trees
Have fun looking but take care not to injure yourself
If you go into the house stay off any stairway as the wood is rotten
The house has been torn down since this was writen - I don't know what's there now. If you take the opposite side (left side) of the armory and follow its side you will see a really spooky abandoned building. Keep going and you will eventually find ruins of an old house I found on the first trip to Parr's house 4 years ago. These ruins are very, very spooky and similar to BOS ruins. Fun to explore! An added bonus!
* - The residents along Hernwood may tell you that they will call the police. You are parked on a public road and you will be entering Patapsco State Park, which is a public park. As long as you conduct yourselves
properly you should have no worries. Watch out for all the debris scattered about, especially broken glass and the barbed wire on the ground. The house has been damaged enough already so please don't add to it. The stairway leading to the basement has been destroyed. There are supposed to be some NO TRESPASSING signs up. Going in to the house is up to you. - I wish we could go back in time!