America’s only rollercoaster on the side of a mountain has reopened at Ghost Town in the Sky, Maggie Valley, North Carolina.
Built by OD Hopkins and originally known as the Red Devil, the ride originally operated from 1988 through to 2002, when the park closed. Now renamed the Cliffhanger, the 2,037ft-long looping coaster has had several delays since the park’s new owners re-opened the facility in May 2007. Now a new magnetic brake system improves rider comfort.
“There’s no other coaster like it in the world,” reckons Steve Shiver, president and CEO of Ghost Town. “It’s the only coaster that starts downhill. Located literally on the side of Buck Mountain, it reaches top speeds of 56mph.”