5 Best Knotts Berry Farm Rides | Simply Explained

In this guide we will list out the best rides that Knott's Berry Farm offers, how each one is unique, and actual (point of view) videos of the rides!

best knotts berry farm rides

Table of Contents

  1. HangTime
  2. Timber Mountain
  3. Ghost Rider
  4. Xcelerator
  5. Supreme Scream

1. HangTime

One of the newer rides of the park, HangTime is a steel roller coaster featuring the steepest drop in the state.

It also happens to be California's only dive coaster.

This ride is unique in a lot of ways but most notably is the beginning of the ride.

Within seconds of the ride starting, you'll slowly be climbing at an almost completely vertical angle.

Once you reach the top, there wont be a 'Small Pause' like in most coasters.

Instead, this pause will feel like it's an eternity, until finally the ride unpauses and you experience the steepest drop in California.

This ride will reach speeds of up to 57 miles per hour.

The car layout is four seats per row, with 4 rows per car. Up to 16 passengers can ride per car.


1 minute 20 seconds.

hangtime knotts berry farm

Fun Facts

This ride opened in 2018 and features 5 inversions.

The first drop is a 96 degree beyond vertical drop.

2. Timber Mountain Log Ride

As one of the older (and one of the most popular) rides in the park, Timber Mountain is a true classic. 

This ride features multiple drops but will also take you through scenic woods and an authentic lumber mill.

Riders will ride inside of a log, on top of the water and through their 'journey' they will experience indoor and outdoor areas where they will see millworkers in action through different scenes.

The one part that riders need to brace themselves for, is the giant drop at the end as they emerge out of a cave, into the light and directly below!

There's a good chance that you may get wet.


4 minutes.

timber mountain log ride

Fun Facts

This ride originally opened in 1969 before reopening in 2013. It also shut down for 5 months in order to implement renovations and major upgrades.

3. Ghost Rider

The fastest, tallest, and longest wooden roller coaster on the west coast.

This ride is over 4,500 feet in length!

The wooden coaster has several spots during the ride where rides can experience massive airtime.

Something extremely popular with guests is to ride this coaster at night, in the pitch black to really feel every turn, movement and change of speed.


2 minutes 40 seconds.

hangtime knotts berry farm

Fun Facts

This ride actually finished being constructed 6 months ahead of schedule by December of 1998.

4. Xcelerator

The best way to describe this ride is just.. Lightning shot out of a bottle.

You will rocket from 0-82 miles per hour in 2.3 seconds!

You'll immediately reach a height of 205 ft, before heading straight down at 90 degrees.

There is no adjustment period, this ride starts fast and doesn't let up.

If you ever doubt how fast a ride is, just take a look at how many riders are allowed per row. In this case it's 2.

Brace yourselves for speed!


1 minute 2 seconds.

xcelerator knotts berry farm

Fun Facts

Xcelerator cost $13,000,000 to build.

5. Supreme Scream

This ride is a very simple concept, it goes up, and then it goes down.

All jokes aside, riders will get launched up 252 ft in the air, before getting blasted back down in 3 seconds.

You'll reach top speeds of 52 miles per hour which is insane to think about when you realize there's nowhere for the ride to pick up speed.

One of the coolest views is when the Xcelerator launches right beneath you and you can get a perfect sky-view experience of the ride.

From the base to the top of the structure, the ride stands at 325 ft.


45 seconds.

supreme scream knotts berry farm

Fun Facts

This ride cost $30,000,000 to build.

It is also known as a 'Turbo Drop Amusement Ride'.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Scariest Ride at Knotts?


How Many Rides Does Knott's Berry Farm Have?


How Fast is Supreme Scream?

52 miles per hour.

Which is Taller Supreme Scream or Tower of Terror?

Supreme Scream is taller. Supreme Scream comes in at 300+ feet tall, where as Tower of Terror is 199 feet tall.

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