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By: Ray Barnard

Carolina Adventure World Get-Away

One of the bridge water crossing
One of the bridge water crossing

Mud hole near the Powerline Trail
Mud hole near the Powerline Trail

Welcoming Center, which will have food, riding apparel and other things needed for a good days ride.
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 riding park.
One of the many gazebo planned for the riding park.

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 hunting environment?

Any of these pursuits can be very satisfactory, but there is a new “face in the crowd” in South Carolina.

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 east.

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 Championship MOTO.
A look at the Super fly-over at Championship MOTO.

Looking at one of the three professional motocross tracks available at CAW.
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.
VIP storage will be available for those wanting to store their ATVs on site.

The VIP RV lot which over looks both motocross tracks.
The VIP RV lot which over looks both motocross tracks.

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 warmth.

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 website.

Also, at this time there are some employment opportunities available at the park.

Answers to some questions asked by ATVSource were answered as follows:

ATVSource: Why the park was started?
CAW: It was an excellent way to utilize a unique property to fill a niche and create a successful business model.

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 hotel?
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 shops.

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 carts.

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.


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