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Enjoy a Day at The U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte


Enjoy a Day at The U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte

US National Whitewater Center front

With spring just around the corner why not plan an outing to the U.S. National Whitewater Center here in Charlotte. Yes, we have our own Whitewater Center in our own backyard since August 2006! Take it from someone that has experienced 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.


 .USNWC Sign

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. 


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

USNW Zip-line

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 recently 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.


USNWC grill

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. The information in this post is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed.

Teresa Harris - Holbrooks Real Estate, Inc. - 704-458-1807 -

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Comment balloon 5 commentsTeresa Harris • February 25 2009 12:14AM


That looks like a GREAT place to visit, Teresa ~ and loads of fun, too!  I've never heard of it before.  Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

Posted by Randy Hooker, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek (Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area) over 10 years ago

Very col Teresa.  Looks like a blast!

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 10 years ago

Teresa, This looks like a lot of fun and a safe place to go rafting!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) over 10 years ago

Me & the fam have been to the Whitewater Center. It is a great place to visit even if you aren't into rafting. Go for a nice walk, spend a little money(so we aren't taxed as much for the Center) & definitely bring the kids!

Posted by Travis Duncan (Aloha Properties of the Carolinas - Charlotte, NC) over 10 years ago

Teresa.. This is something I will have to pass along to my sister.  She goes to Charlotte and next time I come to visit (hopefully with my sons) we will have to check this out.  It is a MUST on my list.

Do you life far from here?  Maybe we could meet up too.

valerie osterhoudt


Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago