Carolina Goldrusher Classic Roller Coaster at Carowinds

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Carolina Goldrusher

Take a ride back to the times of the Carolina gold rush, the first gold rush in the United States. As you climb aboard our mine trains, you'll embark on an adventure that's full of hill-hugging turns, bluff diving drops and rich treasures.

Carolina Goldrusher is the oldest roller coaster at Carowinds, opening with the park on March 31, 1973. Don't let that fun fact fool ya' - this roller coaster is full of spunk and continues to produce as many screams as the day it was debuted. 

This wood and steel coaster rips through the Carolina foothills at speeds of 30 mph and features two lift hills and a 43-foot drop. Some call this roller coaster a timeless classic, but one thing is for sure - you'll strike GOLD! 

Height Requirement: 48” minimum

Mar. 31, 1973
43 Feet

Rider Safety Information

Min Height
  • A wood and steel roller coaster. Riders will experience rapid change in direction.
  • A shared lap bar is positioned above the laps of all riders in the row. An individual seatbelt secures each rider across the thighs and pelvis.
  • Due to the nature of the restraint, this ride may not accommodate guests of a larger size. 
  • Guests must have a minimum of two functioning extremities; one functioning arm and one functioning leg. Two functioning arms are sufficient instead of one functioning arm and one functioning leg if the guest has a normal center of gravity and lower extremities are sufficiently strong to maintain proper riding posture under the dynamic conditions of the ride.
  • Amputations must be below the knee. 
  • Guests with a cervical collar, neck brace, broken collar bone, braced arm cast, or full leg cast are not permitted to ride. 
  • Alternate Access is available at the ride exit where guests using wheelchairs will encounter an elevator. Guests will operate the elevator on their own. Riders will have to transfer into the seat, on their own or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Please do not use the ride restraints for support while entering or exiting, as they will shift. 
  • Warning: This ride contains strobe lighting. 
  • Visit our Guest Assistance Guide for additional accessibility information.