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By CJ Rena Johnson

Carolina Adventure World

Carolina Adventure World goes to the Dark Side!

Mud Abounds at Carolina Adventure World
Mud Abounds at Carolina Adventure World

Service Road 10 where Bonfire will be.
Service Road 10 where Bonfire will be.

Group of Riders at Carolina Adventure World

Already a place cherished by many locals as well as enthusiasts from across the nation, Carolina Adventure World keeps adding more to their agenda, this time taking them over to the dark side of the ATVing community.

The first major event of the 2009 season is happening there on February 7th.  On that night, the moon will be almost full.  According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, it will be considered a waxing gibbous moon with 95% of its visible disk illuminated, in other words, it should make for a very nice night of riding.  The crew at Carolina Adventure World have decided to use this as a starting point for the park as it invites thousands of riders to show up for an adventure in night riding matched by no other.

They have over 100 miles of trails that range in difficulty from easy to extreme.  All of the trails will be open for the night ride event.  All age and other restrictions apply.

These include:

  • Admittance ID’s —Annual pass riders must have their annual pass card with them upon entry.  Day pass riders must wear issued wristband as identification.
  • Helmets--- All riders are required to wear a DOT approved helmet at all times.  (Except golf carts.)
  • MX Daily Riding Tracks---- CAW strongly recommends that you wear a chest protector on these tracks.
  • Tire restrictions--- No Tire Restrictions!!!!!  Please No Paddle, Blade, Spike, Chains.  All others are welcome here at CAW.
  • Do not rut out the trails or service roads.
  • Use designated mud areas.
  • Riding Double--- This is only allowed on Factory designed ATV or RUV units made for two riders.
  • Three Wheelers--- NOT Allowed
  • Minors--- Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardians sign the liability waiver and on-site with them at all times.  CAW recommends that you follow Federal Guidelines on ATV age restrictions.
  • Rentals—CAW currently rents Golf carts and ATV’s. Please call ahead for availability and/or reservations.
  • Trails--- Ride cautiously and safely at all times.  Stay on marked trails, and obey all signs, gates and barriers.  You will be provided with a map that will show one and two way trails.  Observe Federal Law, which states no riding in creek beds.  Crossings allowed only at marked areas.
  • Speed Limits--- Please obey all speed limit signs including 10 MPH maximum in all parking lots and camping areas.   
    Please stop when signaled by a park ranger or CAW Staff.

Camping will be available if you want to catch some zzzz’s in between riding or have a bonfire of your own to hang out with your friends.  There will a huge bonfire maintained by CAW staff on service road 10, which is conveniently located just below the Junior Motocross Track.  You can bring your own food like hotdogs or stuff to make Smores!  However, food service will be available until 9pm at the concession stand, including very delicious and HOT chicken stew.  Due to the nature of this event, Alcohol is not allowed.

At the time of this publication, they are still debating on entertainment, such as bands, etc.  Admission for the entire night will be the same as regular day rates.  In fact, you can come earlier in the day if you want and ride into the night, all for the same price.

They are planning to host several events throughout the year. This night ride event was the result of customer requests and depending on turn out, it may become a more regular staple on their calendar.  Typically, the park closes at 5PM in winter and 6PM in summer, always opening at 8AM.

Ready to head on down to Carolina Adventure World to check it out for yourself?  It is located two miles east of I-77 just off exit 46.  You can Mapquest or Google the physical address of 1713 Arrow Head Road, Winnsboro, SC, 29180 or you can use your GPS to go to 34.486978    -80.955080.  It is approximately 30 miles north of Columbia, SC and 50 miles south of Charlotte, NC.

For more details about this park or this event, you can go to their website at (  There you will find great maps, extensive information and even videos from some of the events hosted there in the past.  You can also give them a call at 803-482-3534.

As Always: Decide now to have an awesome day!  (Or night as the case may be!)

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