Ghost Town In The Sky

I have finally decided to devote some time to write a new, and long overdue, post. In anticipation of my favorite season, I have decided to share our exploration at a defunct amusement park during a Fall trip to the Smoky Mountains…

Ironically enough, this abandoned amusement park was called “Ghost Town In The Sky”. When the park was in operation, the only way visitors could get up to the park was by chairlift. Because of this, I feared that we would not be able to find a way up there to explore. However, thanks to smartphones and map apps, we found a road that looked as though it would take us all the way to the park. **NOTE: I would not recommend anyone take this drive- it was very treacherous and even worse going back down!**. After my fiancé, our courageous driver, got us safely up the narrow, steep and windy road, we decided to stop and park where the road was chained off.


We went on foot from there, continuously asking ourselves if the road was really going to lead us to the park and also fearful that a local had made the police known of our trespassing. Just when we all thought our strenuous and stressful journey would all be in vain, it appeared as though we had reached our destination…


As we hiked up and around the corner, this is what we saw…


The view was breathtaking. Probably one of the best views in the Smokies, with its unobstructed views of the mountains as far as the eye could see. We were all shocked that an amusement park in such a serene setting, that seemed to have had something for people young and old, had not survived. We began to explore the “Heritage Town Square”…



A roller coaster, games, restaurant and gift shop- just when we thought we had explored it all, we realized we had actually just begun! The road lead up to even more beautiful views, kids rides, and the actual “ghost town in the sky”, all to be continued in “Ghost Town In The Sky: Part II”.


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