North Carolina’s Magical Land Of Oz Is Re-Opening And You Need To Go

If you’ve ever wanted to take a journey through the wonderful world of The Wizard of Oz, now’s your chance. The Land of Oz theme park in Beech Mountain, North Carolina is re-opening for a month this summer, and it’s every bit as magical and mysterious as its fictional namesake.

The park has a curious history. It first opened in 1970, but the death of the owner and a fire that burned down Emerald City contributed to its closure in 1980. The park stood abandoned for over a decade until it was re-opened in 1991 for one day, and has been opened to the public about once a year since.

This year, however, the park will be open every Friday in the month of June. That means you can explore the yellow brick road on June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 in 2017.

During your visit to the Land of Oz, you’ll meet Dorothy and accompany her on a tour of her country home just before a cyclone whisks you away to the yellow brick road. This massive winding trail reaches all the way around the top of Beech Mountain and is made of 44,000 actual yellow bricks.

The tour takes about 45 to 60 minutes. When it’s over, you’ll head back down the mountain on a chairlift. Tickets are usually sold for specific times, so plan on getting to the park early to make sure you can visit when you’d like.

Ticket information has yet to be released for the June openings, but check the Land of Oz website to stay informed.