Corkscrew Canyon is a medium-difficulty track based in Green Hill. As its name would imply, its features a number of Corkscrews placed within it.
In Corkscrew Canyon, the playable characters are stuck running down the level's road and can only move left and right between the road's four lanes (akin to the Quick Step). While running, the player can pick up powerups from Item Boxes and utilize the gimmicks native to this track.
Corkscrew Canyon has many environmental obstacles which the player can either jump over, roll under or move around. Running into one of these obstacles will result in the player taking damage and lose some of their Rings. Falling into bottomless pits on the other hand forces the player to restart from an earlier point on the track.
The racers will begin Corkscrew Canyon by running up a large hill, before going through a brief straight section and entering a portion of the track that is half-ground and half-rind rail. Shortly after, the player will travel through another multi-terrain section and run through a twisty section of the track, then go through the grind rail corkscrew.
The next section consists of a hill with several obstacles, a long section with many Dash Panels and Item Boxes, and the track's second corkscrew, with a forward-facing Conveyor Belt stretched across one lane. The next two sections before the finish line have alternating lanes of ground and grind rails, a small open section in between, and several item boxes are placed directly in front of or behind obstacles, and the finish line can be found just ahead in front of two Dash Panels.