A once-popular western North Carolina amusement park is up sale. Sitting at 4,600 ft. elevation, the “Ghost Town in the Sky” has been in existence since 1961. R.B. Coburn built the Wild West themed amusement park on Buck Mountain for $1 million.
During it’s peak seasons, the park welcomed around 500,000 guests. These guests moved quickly through the park as the chairlift impressively transported 1,200 people per hour.
The ghost town property showcases 40 buildings on four different levels. The theme park breaks up the “towns” into different themes. Themes include the Indian Village, Mountain Town and a Mining Town. The scenic Old West village is still fully intact today and includes the original furnishings.
The Ghost Town in the Sky included thrilling rides such as the Red Devil Cliffhanger roller coaster, a tilt-a-whirl, a scrambler, bumper cars, a merry-go-round and more.
New rides were added regularly in the 1990s. But when the older rides began breaking down, Coburn ended up selling the property back in 2002 after guests became stuck on the chairlift. Since then, the park has changed hands and endured multiple other problems.
WLOS reports that Alaska Presley is the current owner. She has been struggling for years to get the Maggie Valley property up to code. Presley has implemented several changes, including rebranding the theme park to Appalachian Village.
After failing to open for one final season in 2016, the 250 acre property nestled atop the Smoky Mountains has been put up for sale. Presley is working with NAI Beverly-Hanks real estate agent Billy Case, listing the property at $5,950,000.
With many attractions in close proximity such as Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Wheels Through Time Museum, this ghost town village is a prime piece of real estate for someone willing to work hard to bring it back to life.