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The U.S. National Whitewater Center ~ Charlotte, NC



Charlotte can add another diamond to the city's crown! How cool is it to have a U.S. National Whitewater Center in your own backyard? Well Charlotte has it and has had it since August 2006. Today my family and I took the time to enjoy it. A day at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is truly an adventure. Located on the banks of the Catawba River in Charlotte, the USNWC is the world's largest artificial Whitewater River and an official U.S. Olympic Training Site. The center is locally owned and operated non-profit and is dedicated to promoting healthy, active, outdoor lifestyles.



At a cost of $38 million, the center encompasses 307 acres and offers whitewater rafting and kayaking, flat water paddling, mountain biking and hiking trails, a climbing center and a ropes course, along with a 2,400 square-foot conference center (catering is available) and 300-seat River's Edge Bar & Grill - all overlooking the home rapids of the U.S. National Slalom Canoe/Kayak Team. The center also has an outfitter's store full of everything you would ever need to enjoy the center. Thursday nights is Subaru River Jam Concerts 27 nights of music and whitewater, May 1 thru October 30, offers rock, country, blues, funk, folk, pop-rock, honky-tonk, reggae, and the genres go on!


The newest addition to the center is a zip-line that will take you from one side of the center to the other side. Completion is expected next month.

The River's Edge Bar & Grill offers a variety of appetizers, soups & salads, sandwiches, desserts, drinks (including a large list of wine and beer). I enjoyed their pimento cheese burger which was really "huge" and "good". Our waitress told me that they even make their own pimento cheese.... The average cost of lunch including drink is around $10.00 per person.

If you haven't experienced the USNWC please take some time out and experience it. It's a great place to spend time with family and friends, a lot to see and do!!

U.S. National Whitewater Center

820 Hawfield Road

Charlotte, NC  28214



About the author:

Teresa Harris is a Lake Norman Residential Real Estate Broker who can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in Lake Norman and surrounding counties. Please visit for your relocation and/or your local needs.

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Comment balloon 1 commentTeresa Harris • July 02 2008 11:23PM


That is SOOO awesome!  My son would have loved that place!  I am jealous!  It has been hot so I bet it was so nice to be on the water!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) about 11 years ago