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Whitewater Center


Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.


A non-profit outdoor center situated on more than 1,100 acres of woodlands along the Catawba River, is dedicated to promoting the active, outdoor lifestyle. Alongside mountain biking and running trails, a climbing center, zip-lines, flatwater and whitewater kayaking, high rope courses, and a canopy tour, the facility’s most unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and paddling enthusiasts of all abilities. The USNWC is proud to be a U.S. Olympic Training Site that provides outdoor recreation for families, outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, casual observers and Olympic-caliber athletes. Take a professionally guided ride down class II-IV level rapids or try whitewater kayaking. Flatwater kayaking, canoeing and/or stand-up paddle boarding for those of you who like to take it slow. Thrill seekers can also enjoy rock climbing, a canopy tour or one of our zip lines. 20 miles of trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, walking or running. Rental equipment available. After a hard day of play relax at River’s Edge Bar and Grill. Conference center available for groups. Check website for concerts, races and other events.

A 1,300 acre outdoor lifestyle facility offering a wide range of activities with indoor and outdoor spaces available to accommodate groups of varying sizes. Access to multiple indoor and outdoor venues, full service catering, activities and programming to create unique opportunities for gathering.


The Whitewater Center’s 1,300 acre facility offers multiple indoor and outdoor venues to accommodate the needs of groups of all sizes.


Environmental Education and STEM-based classes offer students the chance to learn through active, outdoor experiences that correlate to N.C. Essential Standards.

Trails at Whitewater Center

The Whitewater Center maintains over 50 miles of trails for mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners. Use of the trail system does not require an activity pass. Please check the current trail status (at the top of the website) prior to accessing the trail system. The Parkway Trail is currently available as an all-weather trail when the system is closed.


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Check out the latest Gaston County Visitors Guide and start planning your vacation today! 
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