North Carolina Amusement Parks

North Carolina Amusement Parks—the History Project

The roller coaster at Bloomsbury Park in Raleigh (circa 1911).

North Carolina has a strong history of amusement parks. Although most are long-gone, the parks located in North Carolina helped to shape the future of amusement parks and theme parks.

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North Carolina Amusement Parks


Name City, State Open Closed
Airport Amusement Park Charlotte, NC 1950s ?
Arkland Park Franklinton, NC ? ?
Bloomsbury Park-Electric Park Raleigh, NC 1912 1915
Brookside Park Raleigh, NC 1888 ?
Carolina Amusement Park Gastonia, NC 1957 1958 (?)
Carowinds Charlotte, NC 1973  N/A
Chavis Park Raleigh, NC 1938
Cherokee Fun Park Cherokee, NC
Cherokee Wonderland Cherokee, NC  1962  1967
City Park Burlington, NC
Clover Bottom Beach–1920?–1931? Davidson County (Nashville), NC  1920?  1931?
Cool World Wilmington, NC RCDB lists steel 1997-1998
Dan Nicholas Park-Hurley Station-1996–present Salisbury, NC
Deadwood Williamston, NC 1992 2008
Doe River Gorge-?–present Elizebethton, NC
Dowdy’s Amusement Park-1963–present Nags Head, NC 1963-2005
Durham Ballfield-Lakewood Park-1902–1938? Durham, NC
East Carolina Chapter NRHS–1964?–1981 Farmville, NC
Electric Park–?–? Charlotte, NC
Emerald Pointe-?–? Greensboro, NC
Exhilarama Park-Prehistoric Park-1993–2001 Cary, NC
Fantasy Island-?–2003 Hope Mills,NC
Fontana Village Resort-?–present Fontana Lake,NC
Frontier Land-Magic Waters Park-?–? Cherokee,NC 1968? 1982?
Fulton Heights Park–?–? Salisbury,NC
Fun N Wheels-?–present Atlantic Beach,NC
Fun-Land Park–?–? Greensboro,NC
Fuquay Springs–?–? Fuquay-Varina,NC
Gastonia? Fairgrounds-1908-9?–? Gastonia,NC
Ghent Park-?–? New Bern,NC
Ghost Town in the Sky-1960–2002 Maggie Valley,NC
Gold City Franklin,NC  1965  1980s
Goldston’s Beach,Crystal Beach,Marshburn’s Beach–?–? White Lake,NC
Great Smokey Mountain Railroad–?–present Bryson City,NC
Greenfield Park–?–? Wilmington,NC
Greensboro Amusement Park–?–? Greensboro,NC
Handy Dandy Railroad-Denton Farm Park–?-present Denton,NC
Harden Park-Piedmont Park-?–? Graham,NC
Heritage USA-1980?–1980? Charlotte,NC
Hill Ridge Farm-?–present Youngsville, NC
Hillbilly Park-?–? Elizebethton, NC
Jeepers-?–2007 Concord-Gastonia, NC
Jubilee Amusement Park–1977–2004 Carolina Beach, NC
Jungle Rapids-?–present Wilmington, NC
Jungleland Park–1999–2005 Atlantic Beach,NC
Lake Hickory Amusement Park Hickory, NC  1940s?  1950s?
Lake Tahkeeostee Weaverville, NC  1904?
Lakewood Park Charlotte,NC 1910 1933
Lakewood Park Durham, NC 1902 1935
Land of Oz Beech Mountain,NC 1970 1980
Latta Park Charlotte,NC 1891  1910
Lindley Park Greensboro,NC  1902  1918
Lumina Park Wrightsville Beach,NC  1905
New Hope Valley Railroad–1981-present Bonsai,NC
Nissen Park Winston-Salem,NC ? ?
North Park Burlington,NC
Overlook Park-?–? Asheville,NC
Paradise Park-?–? Greenville,NC
Piedmont Park Winston-Salem,NC  1899  1949
Professor Hacker’s Golf-?–present Salter Path,NC
Pullen Park-1888–present Raleigh,NC
Queens Landing-?–present Mooresville,NC
Rays Splash Planet Charlotte,NC
Recreation Park – Nature Center Asheville,NC 1930 2000
Reynolds Park Winston-Salem,NC RCDB lists steel sitdown in 1957
Riverside Park Asheville,NC 1904 1916
Santa’s Land-?–present Cherokee,NC
Sea View ? Wilmington, NC (Wrightsville) 1889
Shelby City Park-?–present Shelby,NC
Silver Lake-?–present Raleigh,NC
Stith Park-?–present Rocky Mount,NC
Sunset Park-?–present Rocky Mount,NC
Tweetsie Railroad Blowing Rock-Boone,NC  1957
Wrightsville Beach–?–present Wrightsville Beach,NC

Are there any that I’m missing from my list?

Feel free to email me if you have any information or details about a long-lost park.

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