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State Pennsylvania
Campaigns Death Toll
Real-world Counterpart Riverside, Pennsylvania
"Welcome to Riverside HELL"
―Road Sign
"The town's pretty quiet. I hope that means they killed all the zombies."

Riverside is a small suburban settlement in Pennsylvania. It is the setting for the last three chapters of the "Death Toll" campaign, which takes place in Left 4 Dead.


Riverside's population which has been graffiti-ed out to read zero

Prior to the outbreak of the infection, Riverside was another standard sleepy American suburban town with a population of around 3,450.[1] The town is centered on its main street which betrays its 18th- or 19th-century origins whilst following a typical contemporary American small town strip development with an eclectic mix of retail stores, low-rise office and commercial buildings, and a movie theater.

Current status

Poster for the Riverside Children's Animated Film Festival, which can be found throughout the game

After the infection broke out, the U.S. military attempted to convert the town into a safe point working alongside the media trying to inform the public. In default of "a better plan," the Survivors decide to strike out for Riverside and their journey to this town forms the basis of both the "Crash Course" and "Death Toll" campaigns. Unfortunately, Riverside has been overrun by the time the Survivors get there. Also, they find that not only has the military abandoned the town, but many of its personnel have become infected and form a significant component of the common Infected now occupying the place.

A notable aspect of Riverside is the valley church at which the Survivors make the acquaintance of the ever-paranoid Church Guy who has cracked under the psychological pressure and been "bitten" by an Infected. One way or another, he ends up ringing the church bell which triggers a Crescendo Event and obliges the Survivors to fight for their lives against waves of the Common and Special Infected. Riverside itself is densely populated with Common and Special Infected―including at least one Tank and Witch.

The aforementioned main street was evidently designated a key defense point by the military and they set up a fixed minigun and even went so far as to use combat engineers to build a vast earth and rubble barrier across the street.

Landmarks in Riverside

Ad for Riverside Vitamin Shoppe seen inside Metro International Airport at the Information Booth



  • There is a real Riverside located in Pennsylvania with a population of 2,000, which is similar to the Riverside in Left 4 Dead.
  • CEDA refers to valley church as the "Riverside first church" during the evacuation of Whitney County and the city of Fairfield (as seen in the CEDA posters).
  • One of the last remaining survivors of Riverside was probably the Church Guy who finally succumbed to the infection.
  • Zoey has been to Riverside before as when the Survivors are in the town and come to the main street (next to the movie theater) she will comment, "I've been here before. I always liked this main street."
  • An advertisement for the Riverside Vitamin Shoppe is seen at Newburg's Metro International Airport at the information booth.
    • The pharmacy store is well known throughout the tri-state area as several advertisements in different cities inform the public to shop at this store and purchase its well known pills. However, the Survivors never actually see the store in the town.
  • In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the map Assault is apparently connected to Riverside, as according to a road sign on the map.


  1. It is indicated on the road sign in "The Church".
Locations in Left 4 Dead
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No Mercy Crash Course Death Toll Dead Air Blood Harvest The Sacrifice The Last Stand
Fairfield Whitney County Riverside Tunnel Newburg Allegheny National Forest Rayford Lighthouse
Holly Street Whitney County Bridge Riverside Greenhouse Richardson Atlantic Brick Factory
Holly Street Subway Station The Truck Depot Riverside First Church Harbor View Hotel Daughtery Farm The Barge
Pawn Shop Riverside Main Street Construction Site Rayford Port
Pump 'N' Run Gas Riverside Park Metro International Airport
Mercy Hospital