This Eerie And Fantastic Footage Takes You Inside North Carolina’s Abandoned Land Of Oz Theme Park

Most people don’t know North Carolina is home to a once-defunct theme park based on the books and the 1939 major motion picture, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The theme park, named Land of Oz, opened in 1970 and would close just a decade later, offering North Carolinians and visitors alike during the decade of fun a lifetime of wonderful memories made high atop Beech Mountain in Avery County.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

There is no indication as yet from those who manage the park’s private tours if they will resume in 2021. But we sure hope so! Stay in the know about events taking place at Land of Oz by checking its website and following the Land of Oz Facebook page.

Have you visited Land of Oz in recent years? It is still a magical place where families can revisit old memories and make new ones!

(Editor’s note: A word of caution… this park is not truly abandoned. Video surveillance protects the property from unwanted visitors who may wander inside the perimeter. If you want to go inside, it’s best to wait until the next event and purchase a ticket.)

Address: Beech Mountain, NC, USA