Thunder Road

Roller coaster in the United States
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Thunder Road
Thunder Road in 2005
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Coordinates 35°06′02″N 80°56′33″W / 35.100424°N 80.942573°W / 35.100424; -80.942573
Park section County Fair
Status Defunct
Operated April 3, 1976 to July 26, 2015
Cost $1.6 million
Rider height 48 inch minimum
Replaced by Carolina Harbor expansion
Builder Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.
Designer / calculations Curtis D. Summers
Type Wooden - Twin
Track layout Out and Back
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 93 feet
Top speed 58 mph
Length 3819 feet
Inversions 0
Duration 2:10

Thunder Road was a Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters wooden roller coaster located at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. It was a twin roller coaster, featuring two individual tracks that ran parallel each other.

The coaster was built across the Carolinas state line. The coaster began in South Carolina and then crossed into North Carolina.


Thunder Road closed on July 26, 2015 and was replaced by the Carolina Harbor waterpark expansion.[1] In 2019, Copperhead Strike opened, with one turn occupying the former plot of Thunder Road.



The design of the ride was based upon Rebel Yell, another wooden racing coaster at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, USA.


4 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train.


On April 5, 1999, a sensor failure caused a collision between a train and an empty train in the station. Sixteen riders were onboard, seven of whom were injured. The roller coaster reopened on April 9 following a replacement of all sensors.[2][3]



  1. "Carowinds Theme Park Shuts Down Vintage Thunder Road Roller Coaster".
  2. Seven Injured on Roller Coaster at Paramount's Carowinds - Ultimate Rollercoaster
  3. Thunder Road Reopens After Accident with New Sensors - Ultimate Rollercoaster

External links

Articles on Carowinds