Boulder Dash Lake Compounce
Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce in Connecticut, USA.

Wooden Terrain Coasters

Prowler Worlds of Fun
Prowler at Worlds of Fun in Missouri, USA.


A terrain coaster follows the contours, and flow of the area it’s built on. Wood is particularly suitable for this due to the amount of flexibility you can build into the track. A terrain coaster will rarely be more than a few feet off the ground, and offers a high speed thrill ride close to both ground and scenery.


Jack Rabbit at Kennywood, USA
Thundercoaster at TusenFryd, Norway
Beast at Kings Island, USA
Prowler at Worlds of Fun, USA

Steel Variation

Big Bad Wolf Busch Garden Williamsburg
Big Bad Wolf at Busch Garden Williamsburg


Like their wooden counterparts, there are also a variety of steel terrain coasters. Most Arrow Dynamics Suspended Coasters make use of the surrounding terrain due to the coaster’s design. The same goes for Mine Trains, while others take advantage of the terrain simply because they are built on hillsides. Then there’s Nemesis at Alton Towers in the UK, where the surrounding area had to be terra-formed to accommodate the B&M Inverted Coaster due to zoning restrictions.


Nemesis at Alton Towers, UK
Vortex at Canada’s Wonderland
Quicksilver Express at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, USA
Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, USA