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Ghost Town in the Sky - CLOSED

16 Fie Top Rd, ., Maggie Valley, NC 28751-8682
+1 828-926-1130
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What a shame

It was closed. Again. It's a shame that this landmark is closed all the time. This trip they said... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2015
aliciaed
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Cordele, Georgia
via mobile
closed

very disappointed. the park was closed. traveling with my husband, son, and two grandsons. I... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2015
Donna B
,
Lillington, North Carolina
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Ghost Town In The Sky was built literally on top of a mountain in one of America’s most beautiful regions, and the park’s uniqueness and incredible location has attracted families to Western North Carolina for decades.Ghost Town In The Sky was conceived by the late R. B. Coburn, who was inspired to build a park with a western theme after visiting several ghost towns in the American West. In 1960, Coburn purchased Buck Mountain near Maggie Valley as the sight of his town, and construction began in September of 1960 with the help of a few investors, including Ms. Alaska Presley. Over two hundred locals were hired to construct the 40 replica buildings that comprised the Western Town, which is located at the Mountain’s peak. A double incline railway was also constructed to bring its passengers to the entrance of Ghost Town, located at over 3300 feet up the mountainside. The park opened in May of 1961, and since then new rides and attractions have been added throughout the years.Ghost Town has entertained millions of guests throughout the country. Ghost Town was built and opened in a time of uncertainty: bomb shelters were common, Americans were faced with the Cold War and Bay of Pigs, and the President was assassinated. The sixties movement was stirring up the conservatives from the fifties. Popular movies on the Silver screen were Westerns with hero-figures such as John Wayne and Roy Rogers. Television was becoming a household commodity, and shows such as Bonanza, Big Valley, Rawhide and Gunsmoke featured Wild West heroes that children could admire.Ghost Town brought that Hollywood glamour and action to life. Cowboys interacted with the children, much in a similar manner that they do today, and were heroic. Ghost Town was a true escape from reality.Ghost Town closed its doors in 2002 after 41 years of successful operation. Coburn sold the property to in August, 2006, who attempted to revive the park, but ended up closing at the end of the 2009 season. Alaska Presley, one of the original investors, purchased the park in the spring of 2012 and will be opening the park in various phases.Those children who have been to Ghost Town now have kids and grandchildren of their own, and the parents that took their kids in the past now have grandchildren and great grandchildren that will enjoy Ghost Town again.
  • Excellent14%
  • Very good13%
  • Average8%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible52%
3 Jul 2016
“2 times visited ready for my 3rd visit”
9 Jun 2016
“Closed Property for Sale”
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16 Fie Top Rd, ., Maggie Valley, NC 28751-8682
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+1 828-926-1130
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Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

It was closed. Again. It's a shame that this landmark is closed all the time. This trip they said due to a busted water something. I have been many times as a child and wanted to take my son and niece but it was closed

10  Thank aliciaed
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Reviewed 23 July 2015

very disappointed. the park was closed. traveling with my husband, son, and two grandsons. I understood the park would be open the second week of july. I heard from locals it may not reopen.

4  Thank Donna B
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Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

Total disappointment.. Says they will open in July of 2015. Employees throughout Maggie Valley says this place will NEVER reopen. Stop misleading ppl with you websites saying your open.

12  Thank ncmtngirl80
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Reviewed 8 July 2015

We traveled from Ohio to take our grandson to Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley, only to find out when we got there it was shut down. Disappointed that the Ghost Town was shut down even though their website said they had renovated...More

11  Thank RDMAJM
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Reviewed 4 July 2015

I have visited before and had a great time. however the dates we were in Maggie valley the park was closed because they were redoing and added more rides, they will reopen July 2 2015. great place for all ages. we will be there next...More

4  Thank BoH145
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Reviewed 2 June 2015

When we went the lady at the counter told us about all the attractions that was up top so we purchased tickets and made our way up top. to our complete disappointment the coaster didn't work and there was no attraction to be found. Even...More

20  Thank ajkmlbk
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Reviewed 1 June 2015

Ghost Town in the sky is a great fun filled amusement park for the kiddos! and adults too! The gun fights are pretty cool to watch and there are several ride for children. Not to much walking which is a plus. Decent prices. And the...More

12  Thank mabrhu
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Reviewed 28 May 2015

Not open to July 1, if then. Should let people know it isn't open. I went as a kid and was interested in showing my husband. Unique fun place back then.

12  Thank PattieD3140
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Reviewed 26 May 2015 via mobile

This place is not open and may not reopen. They are trying hard to reopen. It was a fun memory for my cousins and I. the owner is in her 90's and has had many issues. There are folks working to reopen but I would...More

7  Thank Pat D
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Reviewed 15 May 2015

It has been awhile since I went. I went my hubby, daughter and grandson. I was a little afraid of the way you get up to the Ghost town via Ski ride since I am afraid of heights. But they all loved it! Once up...More

4  Thank Sheila L
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