‘The Dukes of Hazzard’: Where is Hazzard County, the Show’s Setting, Located?

by Josh Lanier
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Hazzard County is a strange place. So, it should be easy to figure out where it is, but The Dukes of Hazzard never actually gives a location.

It’s a bit like Springfield from The Simpsons in that it’s purposefully vague. But unlike The Simpsons, in which the show has been set in nearly every U.S. state in different episodes, Hazzard County can only be in one place: The South. But fans heavily debate the exact location.

The Dukes of Hazzard wiki says the show takes place in the north Georgia hills. Most places that discuss the show say this is the location.

This is mostly because the first episodes were filmed just outside of Atlanta, in a sleepy hamlet called Covington, Georgia. And Atlanta is mentioned as the closest city a few times in the show. Fans also spotted several Georgia road signs in the background of shots during the earliest episodes as well, the wiki says.

You can see some of those locations as they are today. A fan visited the town and found most of the iconic spots from those early episodes.

But there is no Hazzard County in Georgia. And after the fifth episode, producers moved filming to California.

There is a Hazard, Kentucky. Notice the missing second ‘z.’ And many fans believed that this was the true location for Hazzard County while the show was on the air. The cast even appeared at the town’s Black Gold Festival in 1981 during the show’s peak popularity.

Though, there will likely never be a definitive answer to where the show was meant to be set.

How Many General Lees did ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ use?

Regardless of where Hazzard County is located, there is one solid fact about the show everyone can agree on. That’s that Dodge Chargers can’t fly. Yet, despite this basic law of physics, The Dukes of Hazzard continually had the Duke boys jumping off of ramps and leaping over ravines and ponds to escape the law.

However, each time fans saw the General Lee fly, they were actually seeing a Dodge Charger being destroyed. That’s according to Bo Duke actor Tom Schneider.

“We went through — my conservative estimate is 329 — 150 shows, two cars a show, and leave a little room for error,” Schneider told Studio 10. “When they landed they didn’t land well. … They kind of came apart.”

The stunt team would rig the cars so they would stay level in the air, according to Neatorama, but when the cars would slam into the ground and come apart.

“When you hit the ramp, the damage is already done,” Schneider said. “You hit the ramp, the radiator usually gets pushed back. The fan gets comes through the radiator. That stops. You’ve still got your foot on the gas, you blow a head gasket, you blow the motor, and then you hit the ground.”

Only about 5 or 6 General Lees survived their flights. The rest were parted out and sent to the scrap heap.

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