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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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I would like to buy GTITS.

In the late 70s and early 80s I was there around a dozen times. Then when Ihad kids, and try to... read more

Reviewed January 11, 2016
Donald M
Closed

Ghost Town in the Sky was closed. We were told this business is closed down every time it reopens... read more

Reviewed October 26, 2015
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Jacksonville, Florida
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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%
Jul 3, 2016
“2 times visited ready for my 3rd visit”
Jun 9, 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 January 11, 2016

In the late 70s and early 80s I was there around a dozen times. Then when Ihad kids, and try to take them CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED. Could not count on what the web site said. So I would like to buy the place, and put...More

28  Thank Donald M
Reviewed October 26, 2015

Ghost Town in the Sky was closed. We were told this business is closed down every time it reopens because it does not pass safety inspection. Ghost Town was a place from my childhood memories, and I now have grandchildren. I had wanted to ride...More

7  Thank Travel' s
Reviewed October 15, 2015

A local told me people have died on the rides here others have said water problems ! Nope it's a dangerous old mountain hell naw my kids aren't gonna die here

5  Thank Melinda G
Reviewed September 13, 2015

This was two summers in a row that I've gone to Ghost a Town and two times it was closed. I checked this time and their site stated it would be opening on July 2nd (LIE). The locals said it more than likely will not...More

12  Thank Melissa S
Reviewed September 9, 2015

Like some others have reported, Ghost Town was not open during our recent summer visit. We were told by locals that some repairs were being done on the place. But that scuttlebutt may have only been rumors. The real mystery is not the ghosts at...More

7  Thank steve f
Reviewed August 19, 2015

We enjoyed ghost town so much 15years ago but it was closed this time for improvements and added feature.Can't wait till 2016 when ghost Town will reopen!!!

8  Thank Angie J
Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

This place is permanently closed as per the locals. Do t come to Maggie Valley if this is the only reason your coming, there's other cool stuff to see like the "Wheels of time" museum. It is impressive. Tail of the dragon and soco falls...More

8  Thank Rock R
Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is my fourth (4th) visit to Maggie Valley within the past eighteen (18) months and I have yet to see GHOST TOWN IN THE SKY "IN OPERATION". This was the FOUTH OF JULY ( 4th ) WEEKEND & they were CLOSED. WHAT GIVES?

10  Thank Harry S
Reviewed July 26, 2015

We drove from Pa to find it closed. Nowhere on the website did it say Closed. When you call the phone number it rings off the wall, no answering machine. When I sent an email through the contact us link on their website, i did...More

15  Thank Michelle H
Reviewed July 26, 2015

Keep seeing ads and brochures but never open when we are there. Parking lot and entrance looks abandonded.

5  Thank Bootlegger1970s
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