U.S. National Whitewater Center
The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is dedicated to the promotion of the active, outdoor lifestyle. Since 2006, the USNWC has been promoting access to the outdoors for all levels of participants through its all-day pass programs, instruction, leadership school as well as festivals, races and other outdoor events. Whether you visit the Center’s 1,300 acres on the Catawba River or participate in the offsite programs featured throughout the United States, the USNWC wants you to play, relax and learn outside.
Attended the 2-day Whitewater Kayaking 101 course. Had a blast. The instructors are super knowledgeable and very easy to learn from. The instructors created a positive environment where you were free to ask any oar as many questions as you like. They also provided additional instruction one on one to help you get the move or technique down. Looking forward to attending the next phase.
There is something for everyone at the Whitewater Center! Lots of river activities on land and in the water like walking trails, biking trails, rock climbing, ropes courses, kayaking, paddle boarding, rafting, and so much more. If you like live music and other events, there is some of that, too. There are a few places for food and drinks. The food is fantastic and lots of drink options. In the winter, there is even an ice skating rink. This is a great place to spend time.
Family rafting was really fun. Our raft guide, Eric, was really nice and made our experience much more exciting. He also did a lot of hard work because our two little sons couldn't paddle hard enough. Hope we can meet again next time. Climbing and flat water activities were good too. We are planning to come again soon.
Absolutely beautiful, amazing outdoor recreation facility. They have an amazing controlled artificial "river" for kayaking, they have multiple climbing walls, treetop zip lines, whitewater rafting, and super fun mountain bike trails. This is an adult playground. It is three hours drive from my home, but well worth the trip. Bring your bike, your kayak and your climbing shoes and adventure till you drop. You'll drive home exhausted but with a smile on your face.
What a great place to enjoy the outdoors and feel like you're in the mountains. Take your dog too but have to ask for bags at guest services. Stay away from the BBQ sandwich that should be SO much better considering we're in the south...but chicken sandwich was great! Love going here year round.