“Naked and Afraid” finishes filming in Dade County

Economic Development Manager William Back announced the completion of filming of the “Naked and Afraid” television show in Dade County.

 

According to the Discovery Channel’s website, the popular reality drama sets a man and a woman – total strangers to one another – in a “dangerous, desolate location, without food or water.” The pair must figure out how to survive with just one tool each for 21 days.  

 

Chief Magistrate Joel McCormick introduced the show’s producers to Dade County.  McCormick said that assured them that Dade has remote and beautiful pockets that would work well for the program.  The show’s producers in Los Angeles agreed and sent scouts to Dade to find locations.

 

Filming took place deep within Sand Mountain’s Tatum Gulf, sitting inside the New Home and Cole City community.  The site is an undisturbed, nearly inaccessible rocky gorge, almost 500 feet deep, where only a handful of people have set foot during the past hundred years.  Cole City Hunt Club manages the area as a wildlife preserve.  

 

“Once a decision was made to film here, we moved quickly to find accommodations and meals for the film crew,” Back said.  

 

Dade County Contractor Jeremy Sims was recruited to plow a narrow road into the site so the film crew and a medic could get in and out.

 

Alerted to the filming and the fact that the naked participants would be working in very dangerous terrain, Dade County 911 and the New Home Fire and Rescue team stood by to assist in case of an emergency. 

 

Back said that while the show’s staff were scouting emergency routes, one of the vehicles operated by a production crew member plummeted down a cliff after his steering assembly fell apart. The driver leaped from the vehicle before it slammed into the rocks. The driver suffered broken bones and was sent to the hospital. Back said the driver has fully recovered.

  

Back said that the show’s producers spent roughly $60,000 locally on meals, hotels, tools, ATV rentals, hardware and supplies over the month they were in the county.

  

Back also said that three timber rattlesnakes were killed on the trail into Tatum Gulf just as filming was getting underway.

   

The participants constructed a shelter from small trees and survived only on things they could catch with their hands. Back said this included crawfish, mushrooms, creek fish, frogs, an unlucky armadillo, wild sweet potatoes, saw briars, and venomous snakes.

 

On day 21, the exhausted visitors managed to drag themselves up and out of Tatum Gulf and climb onto the bed of a waiting pickup truck that drove them away.

 

Back said that the program is expected to air early next year. No dates have been announced currently.

 

11 Comments

  1. Heidi Mueller on January 30, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    My name is Heidi Mueller. I live in Dade County, Trenton, Georgia. Have they already filmed this episode? Is the episode out now? When will the dates be released?

    • Lisa Loos on March 11, 2021 at 1:50 am

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      I’m watching the episode now on Discovery Channel. It is titled “No Rain, No Gain” and features Holly from Idaho and Jake from Iowa. It’s March 11, 2021.

    • Katie Rothfritz on March 14, 2021 at 8:35 pm

      It’s available now on the Discovery channel
      (see below):

      • Season 12, Episode 1 – “No Rain, No again”
      • Premier Date: March 7, 2021

  2. Cheri D. Lovell on February 5, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    I was told, That’s this Gorge is where my mother was raised.. They were Never Allowed to go down it.. Mountain Lions would try to attack my Mom and her sisters on the trail down to the Out House.. she was born 1939, and left to Chattannooga to marry my father in 1953.. Please tell me when this will Air? I’m not the Type of Woman you would expect to watch this show, but I’ve seen every episode.. I have a friend that was on the 911 fire rescue and informed me of this.. Please tell me so I can finally see the Gorge.

    • Russell Arnold on March 9, 2021 at 4:53 pm

      The show aired this past Sunday evening. (3/7/21)
      They normally replay the previous showing on Sunday evening before the airing of the next new episode.

    • Katie Rothfritz on March 14, 2021 at 8:36 pm

      It’s available now on the Discovery channel
      (see below):

      • Season 12, Episode 1 – “No Rain, No again”
      • Premier Date: March 7, 2021

    • Katie Rothfritz on March 14, 2021 at 8:38 pm

      It’s available now on the Discovery channel
      (see below):

      • Season 12, Episode 1 – “No Rain, No Gain”
      • Premier Date: March 7, 2021

  3. Barbara Bowen on March 8, 2021 at 12:25 am

    I saw the show air today! It was great to see our homeland as a perilous survival place. The relentless Georgia rain was their biggest obstacle. The girl was outstanding at recognizing edible plants.

  4. Shelley Morales on March 8, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    It aired March 7, 2021

  5. Lisa Loos on March 11, 2021 at 1:40 am

    I’m watching the episode now on Discovery Channel. It is titled “No Rain, No Gain” and features Holly from Idaho and Jake from Iowa.

  6. Barbara Ann Fryar on March 13, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Saw the show. Very interesting!!!!!

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