Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley will not reopen in 2016, in spite many attempts by the owner.
This mountaintop theme park was wildly popular in in the 70s and 80s. It opened in 1961 and closed in 2002, followed by a series of owners that have opened parts of the park for short times. The Park was sold and reopened in 2007, but closed at the end of the 2009 season. Alaska Presley, one of the original investors, purchased the park in the spring of 2012 and started opening the park in various phases. It did not open at all in 2015.
Ghost Town was famous for its Wild-West theme, live-action shows and beautiful setting on top of Buck Mountain, which is elevated over 4,000 feet. The park is nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains and is 4 miles east of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Milepost 255 in Maggie Valley. It is 14 miles east of Cherokee and 34 miles west of Asheville.
The current owner had hoped to open a scaled-back, modified version. The new name would be Ghost Town Village. The large A-frame gift shop at the bottom of the skyway would be a "country store" with jams, jellies and other homemade style goods and crafts. The next level up the mountain would be renamed Moonshine Holler with a new game arcade, kiddie rides and a few adult carnival style rides. On the park's old third level, the iconic Western Town would become an Appalachian Village, with the old Stagecoach Restaurant becoming the Copper Still Grill, the old Red Dog Saloon to become the Moonshine Playhouse and the Silver Dollar Saloon to become the Village Theater.
As of early June 2016, the current, elderly owner is thinking of throwing in the towel and selling the park. Bringing the park back up to code is a huge task. Previously, it was targetted for real estate development. So we'll see.