Carolina Motorsports Park is a motorsport-centered camping area that can be found in Kershaw, North Carolina. The motorsports park has a total of 46 campsites, and almost half of them have access to garage spaces for their motor vehicles, whether that is for their cars, motorcycles, or ATVs. The property is located on the south side of Kershaw, North Carolina, and is on the way to Camden, which is south of Kershaw. Three miles outside of the city is a goldmine that is known for being one of the largest producing gold mines in the Appalachian region.
The property that makes up Carolina Motorsports Park is spread out over 297 acres of varied terrain. For those who bring their own ATVs, motorcycles, and other racing vehicles, guests can take advantage of the garages that the property can rent out to its visitors. Some campsites have a 30 amp electrical station. Anyone that just wants to pitch a tent without any services is able to do so without charge, though it is only available seasonally and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Carolina Motorsports Park offers rentals for go-carting on their go-cart track, which is just over half of a mile long. They also have a newly paved road course that is about 2.27 miles long, as well as a 200-foot skidpad that guests are able to use. For anyone who has less experience with motorsports or driving smaller motorized vehicles, the motorsports park offers many different driving programs that are taken on one of their road courses. Every few weeks, Carolina Motorsports Park will host several races at their race tracks. The staff at the property often encourage visitors that enjoy motorsports to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Here, former NASCAR drivers, crew chiefs, and car owners are honored for their accomplishments and their time spent in motorsports.
Caroline Motorsports Park is located in between the cities of Kershaw and Camden. On the property's website, there are several recommendations of places that guests can visit regarding eateries and restaurants. A couple of restaurants that can be found in Camden that the website mentions include Sam Kendalls and Steeplechase Bar and Grill. In Kershaw, guests can visit and eat at places like Bojangles and Gus' House of Pizza. Beyond the cities, guests can also travel to places like Lake Wateree, where visitors can spend their time doing water activities, like fishing, kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boating.
The property offers a unique camping atmosphere in that its guests are able to spend the time camping but can also take part in motorsports right on the land. The owner, whose name is Micheal Cummings, says, "They come for the racing, and they stay for the camping." The typical demographic of visitors that come to Carolina Motorsports Park are young adults and people who are motorsports enthusiasts and NASCAR fans that appreciate the sport. The establishment tends to be more enticing to visitors that enjoy intense activities, though the campsite also offers a spot for guests to enjoy a more relaxed experience if they choose.
Guests that have visited in the past have commented on the facilities, as well as the instructors that teach the driving and events that will occur on a weekly basis. Many of the visitors have said they enjoy the mix of camping in a more private area and using the racetrack. One guest that recently stayed here writes, "The staff was easy-going and very helpful and the rental kart felt good and was predictable. There's a good combination of speed and technical bits that made me really enjoy figuring out this track and testing different lines early-on. Take it easy the first couple laps or you may find yourself in the grass."
Kershaw is a smaller town, so Carolina Motorsports Park is locally known for being one of its biggest attractions. However, it is also about an hour away from plenty of other attractions, such as the U.S. National Whitewater Center and Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Anyone that is looking for entertainment regarding watersports can take their water vehicles to Lake Wateree and take part in the activities that the lake has to offer.
Before Carolina Motorsports Park was established as a campsite and race track, it was used as an airport. The park was then developed about 21 years ago, back in 1999, by a group of race car drivers and enthusiasts who wanted their own racetrack and eventually turned it into a business. In 2009, the owners added the go-cart track. It wasn't until 2015 that they built campsites with electricity hookups for their guests, so their guests could stay on the property. The park was split between twenty different owners for over twenty years before the current owners, who are Micheal and Kristina Cummings, bought the park from Motorsports Park Inc. a couple of years ago, in 2019.
Carolina Motorsports Park Inc.