US National Whitewater Center

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 & Grill. Conference center available for groups. Check website for concerts, races and other events.


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620 N. Main St.

Belmont, NC 28012

Phone: 704-825-4044

Toll Free: 1-800-849-9994

Visitors Center is closed until further notice.



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