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US National Whitewater Center

Climbing, Ziplining, SUP Yoga, Walking Trails, Paddle, Mountain Biking, Skating, Whitewater Rafting

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.

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5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214, USA

704-391-3900

This attraction is located in

Charlotte

Charlotte is the largest metropolis in North Carolina and is located outside of Gaston County, to the west just beyond the Catawba River. Charlotte visitors can reap the benefits of affordable accommodations by staying inside Gaston County with only a short drive via I-85 to gain access to Uptown. Belmont offer the closest hotels to Charlotte located at exits 26 and 27. We are also a short distance away from the Charlotte International Airport.

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