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U.S. National Whitewater Center




West Charlotte

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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.

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Dale Hughes

11 months ago

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.


A Fox

a month ago

Great place to spend a day or afternoon outdoors. Excellent variety of outdoor activities for all skill levels and what a great place to try new things. Beautiful facility with top notch services in a controlled environment. Definitely a good place to gather with friends and spend a day doing healthy activities or just relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. Would be a great place for a large group too. Will recommend and return.



a year ago

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.


Franklin Quito

5 months ago

Great place to go for a ride, walk or just to enjoy some water rafting. They have more than you would expect and parking is not bad. During the winter months they have added ice skating and this year they have a races going on. Great place to take the family and you furry friends. Parking is now 6 bucks but if you plan on going more than once then just buy the parking pass for 60 and you can go as many times as you like!


James Weymann

a year ago

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.

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