Charlotte’s National Whitewater Center


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My family took my husband here for his birthday this week and this was our first visit! I can’t believe we’ve never been before! It was just awesome. There is so much to do for outdoor lovers!

Being a Wednesday in February the rapids were not “turned on” so I didn’t get to experience that firsthand. In fact, it was quite dead there on Wednesday, and we were informed that we shoud return on the weekends, when they have many kid and family-friendly activities.

From their website: Located on the banks of the Catawba River in Charlotte, N.C., the U.S. National Whitewater Center is the world’s largest artificial whitewater river and an official U.S. Olympic Training Site. The USNWC is a locally owned and operated non-profit dedicated to promoting healthy, active, outdoor lifestyles. Opened in August 2006 at a cost of $38 million, the 307-acre public adventure-sport facility includes whitewater rafting and kayaking, mountain biking and hiking trails, a climbing center and a ropes course, along with a 2,400 square-foot conference center and 300-seat River’s Edge Bar & Grill – all overlooking the home rapids of the U.S. National Slalom Canoe/Kayak Team.

The amazing thing is that it is located only minutes away from uptown Charlotte! Acres of hiking trails, white water rafting and kyaking, climbing walls and ziplines, eco caching, mountain biking, jogging and even eating at a great little restaurant on the banks of the white waters!

The day we were there, it was too cold to do anything but hike. There are several letterboxes hidden within the park, so if you are into that you can have a search while you hike.

Directions to the NWC


Hours of Operation

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