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U.S. National Whitewater Center

The U.S. National Whitewater Center, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a thrilling outdoor adventure destination that seamlessly blends adrenaline-pumping water activities with the tranquility of nature. Established in 2006, this premier facility sprawls across 1,300 acres along the banks of the Catawba River.

Enthusiasts and novices flock to the U.S. National Whitewater Center to experience diverse water-based activities. The center is renowned for its world-class whitewater rafting course, featuring Class II-IV rapids that cater to all skill levels. Visitors can navigate the rapids on guided rafting trips or take on the challenge independently on inflatable kayaks.

Beyond the rush of whitewater adventures, the center offers a myriad of other outdoor pursuits. The extensive trail system invites hikers and mountain bikers to explore the lush woodlands surrounding the Catawba River. Breathtaking views and varied terrain make these trails ideal for strolls and heart-pounding mountain biking excursions.

The center provides an exhilarating zip-lining experience for those seeking a different perspective. Soaring high above the treetops, participants can revel in the thrill of the wind rushing past as they traverse a network of zip lines and suspension bridges, offering panoramic views of the river and surrounding landscape.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center is not just a playground for outdoor enthusiasts but also a hub for community engagement and environmental education. Various yearly programs and events promote environmental stewardship and foster a deeper connection with the natural world.

Visitors can relax and refuel at the River’s Edge Bar & Grill, where they can enjoy a delicious meal while overlooking the river. The center also hosts live music events, creating a vibrant atmosphere that complements the outdoor experience.

Whether seeking an adrenaline rush on the rapids, a serene hike through nature, or a bird’s eye view from a zip line, the U.S. National Whitewater Center offers a diverse range of activities that cater to the adventurous spirit in everyone. This iconic destination continues to be a magnet for those seeking the perfect blend of excitement and nature in the heart of North Carolina.


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