By: Ray Barnard
Carolina Adventure World Get-Away
One of the bridge water crossing
Mud hole near the Powerline Trail
Welcoming Center, which will have food,
riding apparel and other things needed
for a good days ride.
One of the many gazebo planned for the
How will you
spend your weekends this summer?
Will you, as an ATV or dirt bike enthusiast,
blast the summer away on trail rides, do your
thing on your own private property, or just wait
until the fall to use your utility ATV in a
Any of these pursuits can be very satisfactory,
but there is a new “face in the crowd” in South
This new face is
Carolina Adventure World, and
this venue promises to be the Shangri-la of fun
and games for all off-road enthusiasts.
According to their website,
Carolina Adventure World is located 2 miles east of I-77 at exit 46
on Camp Welfare Road in Fairfield County, South
Carolina, and approximately 30 minutes north of
Columbia, South Carolina, and 50 minutes south
of Charlotte, North Carolina. There is a map
showing their location on the web site.
Directions, and any other pertinent information
can be obtained by calling these folks at (803)
482-3534. E-mail information can also be
obtained from their website.
CAW boasts 2600 wooded acres of land, and is the
southern anchor of the world’s largest
playground with National Whitewater Park and
Carowinds to the north and Myrtle Beach on the
Experts were brought in to develop the courses.
The experts included ATV trail consultants,
Steve Uhles of Cloud Peaks and Rich Winkler of
Dirt Wurx U.S.A.
The park is a thriving nature preserve, and
there is a youth area with go-karts and more.
Lake, streams, waterfalls, picnic areas, scenic
natural areas, and even a beaver pond are
present here. Also offered is The Original
Canopy Tour that provides a super fly-over at
Championship MOTO and the Deep Woods Excursion.
A look at the Super fly-over at
Looking at one of the three professional
motocross tracks available at CAW.
VIP storage will be available for those
wanting to store their ATVs on site.
The VIP RV lot which over looks both
Accommodations include overnight stays at rustic
campsites, or you may choose comfortable cabins
for you and your family (more complete
information on accommodations is offered farther
on in this article).
If the aforementioned accommodations are not of
your choosing, there is a lodge and welcome
center with wide verandas, swings, rocking
chairs, fans to keep cool and fireplaces for
Park policies and pricing can be obtained from
their website. Annual passes are available now,
as the park was just recently opened. However,
those who visit the park must sign a liability
waiver. The form can be downloaded from the CAW
Also, at this time there are some employment
opportunities available at the park.
Answers to some questions asked by ATVSource
were answered as follows:
Why the park was started?
CAW: It was an excellent way to utilize a unique
property to fill a niche and create a successful
ATVSource: Who is the financial backer?
CAW: Mr. Don Wilburn.
ATVSource: What type of parking do you offer for
trailers, RVs, etc.?
CAW: The first phase of parking will open with
20 RV hookups, and will build out to 50 or 70.
The hookups will provide visitors with
electricity and water. There will also be a dump
station set in the woods.
There will be primitive camping that will
accommodate 40 to 50 campers in phase 1.
ATVSource: What can one expect from your new
CAW: The hotel, when completed, will provide 60
upscale rooms. The accommodations will provide
bed and breakfast in 2008.
ATVSource: Provide some information on your new
welcome center building as to what will be
housed in it.
CAW: The first build in the “Village” will
include 3 restaurants. There will also be
showers and locker rooms, a retail lounge, and
ATVSource: What about your VIP storage for ATVs?
CAW: There will be storage area for 400+/- ATVs
that will expand to 1200. Concierge service is
available, along with transportation, and
maintenance for ATVs, dirt bikes, and golf
ATVSource: What do you offer in ATVs? What are
the numbers offered?
CAW: 40 to 60 ATVs, dirt bikes, golf carts, and
scooters will be available to customers.
ATVSource: We would like to know more about your
Motocross tracks, who made them, and what types
of racing venues will they accommodate?
CAW: There are four DirtWurx courses:
Championship, Vintage, Enduro and Jr. The tracks
can handle ATVCross, Motocross and Enduro.
CAW is family friendly, offers resort amenities,
100 miles of groomed trails, golf cart paths,
live entertainment in the evenings, good food,
and in a beautiful setting. You do have to
experience it for yourself. It’s difficult to
imagine; so come out and visit. You’ll like it!
This information ought to whet anyone’s appetite
to have some fun and relaxation this summer.
Carolina Adventure World--it’s all there and
just waiting for you. Try it--you’ll like it!
With ample parking and trails for all types
of OHV riders,
Carolina Adventure World will be a top destination for
all OHV enthusiast.