North Carolina Amusement Parks

North Carolina Amusement Parks—the History Project

The roller coaster at Bloomsbury Park in Raleigh.

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.

Park Name
City, State
Arkland Park-?–? Franklinton,NC ALmost no information found online. Nothing in Sulphur Springs Asheville Was sumply a hotel with bowling alley and pavilion
Bloomsbury Park-Electric Park–1912–1915 Raleigh,NC 1912 1915
Brookside Park–1888–1911 Raleigh,NC
Carolina Amusement Park–?–? Greensboro,NC
Carolina Renaissance Festival-?–present Huntersville,NC
Carowinds-?–present Charlotte,NC
Chavis Park-1938–present Raleigh,NC
Cherokee Fun Park-?–present Cherokee,NC
Cherokee Wonderland-?–1960's Cherokee,NC
City Park-?–present Burlington,NC
Clover Bottom Beach–1920?–1931? Davidson County(Nashville),NC
Cool World Wilmington, NC RCDB lists steel 1997-1998
Dan Nicholas Park-Hurley Station-1996–present Salisbury,NC
Deadwood Williamston, NC 1992 2008 RCDB lists two steel until 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 Mountain–?–? Franklin,NC
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 Carolina Beach – NC – (Nothing Known)
Lake Tahkeeostee–1904–? Weaverville,NC
Lakewood Park Charlotte,NC 1910 1933
Lakewood Park Durham, NC 1902 1935
Land of Oz Beech Mountain,NC 1970 1980
Latta Park-1891–1910 Charlotte,NC
Lindley Park-1902–1918 Greensboro,NC
Lumina Park-1905–? Wrightsville Beach,NC
New Hope Valley Railroad–1981-present Bonsai,NC
Nissen Park-?–? Winston-Salem,NC
Overlook Park-?–? Asheville,NC
Paradise Park-?–? Greenville,NC
Piedmont Park-1899-1949 Winston-Salem,NC
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
Shelby City Park-?–present Shelby,NC
Silver Lake-?–present Raleigh,NC
Stith Park-?–present Rocky Mount,NC
Sun Fun Amusement Park–1970–1986 North Myrtle Beach,SC
Sunset Park-?–present Rocky Mount,NC
Tweetsie Railroad-1957–present Blowing Rock-Boone,NC
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.