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U.S. National White Water Center 

Address: 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214

(704) 391-3900

This, outside adventure powerhouse, containing over twelve million gallons of water, is sure to keep you and your family entertained for many years to come. From the 14 miles of hiking and mountain biking landscape to the Class II to Class IV rapids, the US Whitewater Center will bring the family together for what I can say is an absolutely more than exciting day.


U.S. National White Water 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 1,100 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.


The USNWC’s 1100 acres offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for all ages and skill levels. Guests can enjoy whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses, a canopy tour, and mountain biking on our 25+ mile trail system.

Throughout the year, the Whitewater Race Series challenges participants through various competitions in different sports including trail running, kayaking, mountain biking, triathlons, ultra-marathons and more.


For those looking to kick back, live music and outdoor festivals create a unique atmosphere of relaxation and fun. The River Jam concert series takes place every Thursday and Saturday evening throughout the summer months, in addition to 9 unique festivals held throughout the year.

The River’s Edge Bar & Grill, Pump House Biergarten, Adventure Dining opportunities, as well as multiple event/ meeting venues offer relaxing experiences after a long day of outdoor adventure.


The USNWC utilizes various adventure sports and natural environments onsite and throughout the region to develop leadership and communication skills. Skill development programs include specialized instruction and certification, summer camps for children and teenagers, and customizable team development courses for groups and schools, testing the mental and physical limits of participants in the wilderness.

Learning opportunities are available to individuals, families, and groups of all ages and skill levels.

U.S. White Water Center Facility Map

Hours of Operation

  • Our main gate and trails are open, weather permitting, 365 days a year, from dawn until dusk.

  • The availability of our activities and related operating hours vary with the seasons. Hours of operation can be found on the calendar.

  • Operating hours can be added or extended for groups and events. For more information, please call our Group and Event Planners at 704.391.3900 or submit an inquiry on the Groups page.

  • All activity availability, schedules and hours are subject to change without notice.

What activities will be open when I visit?

  • Due to the seasonality of the USNWC, activities will be limited in their availability, particularly in the months after Labor Day and before Memorial Day.

  • Because the timing and availability of our activities can change from day to day, the Activity Schedule is the best resource for daily activity information.

Notes about the weather:

  • In the event of adverse weather, some or all activities may not be available.

  • Please check weather conditions before purchasing any activity pass.

  • Refunds and rain checks are not available.

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