U.S. National Whitewater Center

The USNWC is one of the best things to do in Charlotte with whitewater rafting, a canopy tour, kayaking, rock climbing, zip-lines, ropes courses and mountain biking.

About Charlotte's USNWC

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is the world’s and Charlotte's premier outdoor recreation and environmental education center. Alongside mountain-biking and running trails, a climbing center, and challenge course, the park’s unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and canoe/kayak enthusiasts of all abilities.

Only 10 minutes from downtown Charlotte, we provide our 300+ acre facility sits along the scenic Catawba River. Olympic-caliber athletes, weekend warriors and casual observers share this world-class sports and training center

To learn how to play at the USNWC, please visit: www.usnwc.org.

AllSport Pass

The AllSport Pass is the most popular way to spend the day at the USNWC. Get all day unlimited access to all of the following activities: Whitewater Rafting, Ropes Courses, Rock Climbing, Zip-lines, Mega Jump, Mountain Biking, Flatwater Kayaking, Whitewater Kayking, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding and Eco Trekking. Come spend the day with your family and friends at the USNWC and experience the best way to play outside.  The AllSport Pass is also available as a Season Pass. 

The Canopy Tour

The Canopy Tour is the newest way to experience the USNWC and rediscover the outdoors. The Canopy Tour is a 3-4 hour guided excursion through the wooded tree canopy along the Catawba River. Participants will travel through 14 tree platforms as they experience 7 different zip-lines, cargo net climbs, rappel stations, sky bridges and other aerial elements.

As you go from platform to platform, you will experience some of the most spectacular views the region has to offer. You will zip along the banks of the Catawba River, fly through the forested rim of the south ridge gorge, and take in the most scenic portions of the Historic Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail. Come spend some time in the treetops and see for yourself.

About The River’s Edge Bar & Grill

The River’s Edge Bar & Grill at the USNWC offers a wide selection of healthy and contemporary American cuisine. Enjoy the unbeatable view from the patio overlooking the competition channel of our river: it's the perfect setting to enjoy a meal as the sun sets over the Catawba. The River's Edge Bar & Grill offers unbeatable relaxation after work or play with a carefully selected craft beer menu featuring many North Carolina brewerys.

For restaurant hours, please visit www.usnwc.org.