Ghost Town now open for the season

By Jessi Stone Assistant editor | Jul 03, 2014

Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley is back in business as of today, Friday, July 4, after failed state inspections pushed back the season opener.

Ghost Town was scheduled to have opening day June 20, but the park failed inspections required by the North Carolina Department of Labor. Neal O’Briant, spokesperson for the DOL, said the chairlift and the kiddie rides at Ghost Town didn’t pass inspection because of various problems.

There were also problems with getting water up the mountain, according to a press release from Ghost Town. While installing pipes to pump water up 4,600 feet to the park’s 40 buildings from the mountain’s base, the construction crew ran into solid rock that prevented the completion of its new water system.

As a temporary solution, existing water tanks will be used for storage. The water was tested and passed state inspection on June 26.  State inspectors noted that a washout due to recent rains created a safety issue on the evacuation road, which has since been repaired and passed state inspection on Thursday.

“When getting the city water in, we hit a rock and couldn’t blast it,” said Owner Alaska Presley. “And we had a major wash out underneath the chairlift, but that’s a minute thing that get got fixed.”

Guests of the newly renovated park have the option of taking a scenic, 20 minute, 3,370 foot long chairlift ride or bus ride up to Western Town to enjoy theme-based activities and venues, action-packed cowboy gunfights, can-can dancing, rebuilt kiddie rides, two updated shooting galleries, walking trails, a stage coach and picnic area, hand tossed pizza parlor, hand scooped ice cream parlor and hourly rotating live music.

An old west historical museum, updated gift shop, two old west saloons, a schoolhouse, bank, jail, and a church will be open to patrons as well as three reinstalled, tested and inspected zip lines measuring from 190 feet to 480 feet in length.  A new paintball course is expected to be open soon.

Since purchasing the park in 2012, Presley has invested all her time and money to get the park back in good shape. She has faced many obstacles in restoring the treasured park and hopes attendance will improve this year.

“We’ve been so lucky to be able to rework the mountain and get it to this point,” Presley said. “I think we have enough for everyone to enjoy this year.”

The seasonal park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.  Chairlift admission (transportation fee) costs $24.95 for adults, $14.95 for children ages 3-10, and free for children under 3.

Bus ride admission (transportation fee) costs $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for children ages 3-10, and free for children under 3.  Zip line admission is $45 for ages 13 and up and $40 for ages 4-12. Season passes are available for $39.95.

For more information and follow the latest developments, visit the park’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gtmaggie, website page at www.ghostowninthesky.com or call 828-926-1130.

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