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U.S. National Whitewater Center

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Rafting and Other Great Outdoors
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  • Visit North Carolina
    "Don't forget Fido, USNWC loves dogs."(7 Tips)
    Livability.com
    "The whitewater rafting may be amazing, but the Center is also home..."(6 Tips)
    Charlotte Beer Girl
    "Come to Thursday River Jam! Bring a chair and your dog!"(3 Tips)
    Chauncey Radcliffe M.
    "Completely worth every penny..all sport pass is the best way to go!!"(4 Tips)
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  • George O.
    George OrrellAugust 24, 2016
    Brain eating bacteria...I don't think so.
  • JoePat R.
    JoePat RoopJune 26, 2016
    Don't bring food , it's not allowed to be brought in
  • JoePat R.
    JoePat RoopJune 26, 2016
    Trails food people
  • JoePat R.
    JoePat RoopApril 19, 2016
    Food is good, trails and scenery are better
  • Joel B.
    Joel BonaseraNovember 27, 2015
    Beautiful grounds for casual hiking
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RearickNovember 2, 2015
    Paddleboarding is fun, affordable and perfectly finished with a beer from their wide selection of local cans/drafts.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SlaughterSeptember 20, 2015
    The rafting experience is great! It is a man-made course that was designed by an Olympian and it is challenging but highly enjoyable. Reserve a time slot early before all the slots fill up for the day
    Upvoted Feb 19
  • Alejandra 🌻
    Alejandra 🌻September 6, 2015
    Rafting, high ropes, kayak, beer and awesome music at night
  • David T.
    David ToddAugust 31, 2015
    Amazing it's like Disney world for adults
  • Sean B.
    Sean BurkeAugust 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cold beer and the great outdoors. Perfect place to spend the weekend.
  • Shayla D.
    Shayla DowningAugust 1, 2015
    The zip lines and land courses are great.
  • Colin B.
    Colin ByrnesJuly 20, 2015
    Whitewater rafting was a blast. Guide Graff was awesome. Definitely a must go.
  • Zach W.
    Zach WesterbeckJuly 15, 2015
    Beware of long lines on the weekends.
  • Phoenix J.
    Phoenix JimenezJuly 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to come on Thursdays for live music. Have a beer or three before you get there, the beer lines can't get quite lengthy.
  • Brad K.
    Brad KaiserJune 21, 2015
    Plan your day! You can't do it all in one day,'particularly on a busy weekend so decide in advance. The longest wait times for rope courses and Mega Zip were a result of waiting for harness equipment.
  • Curtis C.
    Curtis CorrellJune 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This is one of the greatest resources Charlotte has to offer! Get the season pass. It quickly pays itself off and gives you unlimited access to almost everything inside the park.
  • Melinda M.
    Melinda MurrayJune 14, 2015
    Mega Zip, adventure rafting
  • Zaki N.
    Zaki NefertitiApril 18, 2015
    Nice place for a picnic!
  • Sherri M.
    Sherri McGeeSeptember 26, 2014
    Best place to hike for exercise!
  • Jesse H.
    Jesse HydeSeptember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Craft beer
  • Carlos R.
    Carlos RussoSeptember 5, 2014
    A great place for a team offsite, or to take some out of town friends. There's a gift shop, and a restaurant/bar that'll keep you refreshed throughout the day.
  • Caitlynn P.
    Caitlynn ParksSeptember 4, 2014
    Fish Tacos and a Sierra Nevada with some sweet potatoe fries :-)
  • Alexandra C.
    Alexandra CAugust 23, 2014
    Having so much fun!! Free concert!
  • Tracy
    TracyAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    River Jam 5K
  • Alexa T.
    Alexa ThompsonAugust 12, 2014
    This place is 100% worth the fee. I was there from open to close and still didn't get to do everything I wanted to! Its so much fun!!
  • Brooks W.
    Brooks WilliamsAugust 8, 2014
    River Jam Concerts on Thursdays & Saturdays !
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    It's the ultimate whitewater park—an escalator even delivers you and your boat back upriver after you've tested out the rapids. Read more
  • libby o.
    libby offnickJuly 18, 2014
    Amazing day @nwwc. Too much for just one day.
  • Kylie G.
    Kylie GJune 22, 2014
    so much fun!
  • Varad P.
    Varad PathakJune 3, 2014
    You can get GoPro on rent and shoot all the cool things you do here!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KonecnyMay 24, 2014
    Actually one of the better draft beer menus in Charlotte. Not to mention a great place to hang out and do things outside.
  • Creighton-Elizabeth B.
    The biking trails are great, but not for beginners!
  • Tracy D.
    Tracy DinanApril 22, 2014
    Need closed toe shoes. Plan ahead, you will only be able to complete 4/5 activities, schedule whitewater rafting right away.
  • Jeroen V.
    Jeroen Van BulckApril 5, 2014
    Nice place to go rafting and mountainbiking. Kano, kayak, climbing are also fun
  • Bobby R.
    Bobby RobersonOctober 21, 2013
    Layer for the weather
  • Creative Loafing Charlotte
    The USNWC pulls in a variety of regional and national talent. And what better place to listen to some great music than alongside the raging river? Read more
  • Hello J.
    Hello JennySeptember 11, 2013
    Amazing time! Great for company trips and fun family excursions!
  • Jodie N.
    Jodie NSeptember 7, 2013
    Best Place in Charlotte to hangout on the weekend!
  • Laura R.
    Laura ReichSeptember 7, 2013
    Wonderful place!!
  • FerlyG
    FerlyGSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Be prepared to be covered in l'eau de Catawba, but you'll be back in business after a shower in the locker room. The facilities are usually clean but not always kept up when there's a festival crowd.
  • Rafael B.
    Rafael BarahonaAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You have to get the all sports pass
  • Stee-voh
    Stee-vohAugust 30, 2013
    Wings are amazing!!
  • Raj M.
    Raj MehtaAugust 16, 2013
    A perfect picnic spot in Charlotte. A lot more to do than just Rafting. Yes, Thursday nights are the best. Have a great time with friends and family !
  • Sonja M.
    Sonja MAugust 11, 2013
    Pay attention to the raft talk! I used every single lesson, including grabbing the rope when we flipped...and lost my sunglasses! SO much fun.
  • Emily E.
    Emily EAugust 11, 2013
    Rafting is a blast but not for the fainthearted...it is a rough ride there! Also try the kayaking and ropes course/ziplines. Mountain biking even on the easy course is hard!!
  • Gini A.
    Gini ArnoldAugust 8, 2013
    Even the beer is great.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FlukeAugust 4, 2013
    Worst place to try and hike with a dog. Fucking too many bikers.
  • Will T.
    Will TrokeyJuly 28, 2013
    Ask for Vincent Nelson is want to learn and really raft. Great guide!
  • Shawnon B.
    Shawnon BellahJuly 27, 2013
    This place is a must see. If you are in Charlotte, save a day and participate!
  • Monty M.
    Monty McCulloughJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretty fun if you are with the right group!
  • Ana Maria Z.
    Ana Maria ZirogluJuly 21, 2013
    Awesome place!! Loved the rafting! Great walking trails. A bit pricey.
  • Phillip D.
    Phillip DoldJuly 21, 2013
    Awesome place
  • Janine A.
    Janine AndrewsJuly 14, 2013
    Zip line canopy tour was awesome!!
  • Connie F.
    Connie FlemingJuly 10, 2013
    Rafting a must try, paddle boarding was awesome, people in guest services super nice!
  • mclean h.
    mclean harperJuly 9, 2013
    USNWC is a wonderful place to take your pup! However be a smart pet owner and on festivals that have fireworks DO NOT bring your dog. They WILL runaway. Happens every year. Festivals are kick a** tho!
  • George Pops Bare
    George Pops BareJuly 6, 2013
    Looks like a great place to bring your kids or if you're just a big kid! Whitewater, zip line, wall climb, looks like a lot of fun.
  • AdrienneC2
    AdrienneC2June 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like adrenaline & live in the area, a Season Pass is the only way to go!
  • RuthAnn F.
    RuthAnn FernsJune 15, 2013
    Don't eat at the restaurants!!
  • RuthAnn F.
    RuthAnn FernsJune 15, 2013
    Won't do the brew bash again ,,,, 20 seats empty and 30 min wait to eat!!!!!!
  • MaRloN P.
    MaRloN PetersMay 26, 2013
    L ots of music but it sucks
  • Charlotte Beer Girl
    Charlotte Beer GirlMay 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come to Thursday River Jam! Bring a chair and your dog!
  • Ronnie M.
    Ronnie MotenApril 21, 2013
    Great outdoor activities! Gather up the family or friends and get active!
  • Joseph
    JosephMarch 18, 2013
    Awesome place! Lots to do for the entire family! All my kids had a blast, my wife-just as much fun! And I rode the trails over and over. I'll be back for sure.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PolandOctober 20, 2012
    If ever in Charlotte, this is a must do. Mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rapids, rock climbing and more outdoor fun. Amazing lunch spot on-premise w/even better microbrew beer selection.
  • Polly P.
    Polly ParkerOctober 3, 2012
    Been there,even did the zip line, great place
  • Sam W.
    Sam WashingtonSeptember 29, 2012
    Ranger IPA in the house!!!!
  • Benjamin O.
    Benjamin OldsAugust 27, 2012
    The canopy tour may be extra, but it is so worth it! It's a light challenge with a lot of fun zip lines, repelling, and rope bridges. The tour guides were excellent also! I will do it again!
  • Cara L.
    Cara LudlamAugust 26, 2012
    Awesome get there early. Get Eric for your guide when rafting. Jump from the mega jump before the rest of your party then watch them. Fun zip lines are not as scary as I had hoped.
  • TIME
    TIMEAugust 17, 2012
    USNWC is billed as the “world’s premier outdoor adventure and environmental education center.” Home to the world’s largest man-made recirculating river, it features rapids, hiking and biking trails.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FreconAugust 12, 2012
    Not gonna lie, a six flags would be way more exciting
  • Art
    ArtAugust 4, 2012
    Canyon Spur is the most challenging ropes course I have ever done! Great fun!
  • Scott K.
    Scott KelleyJuly 15, 2012
    This place is awesome. Saw it for the first time for 4th of July fireworks. Can't wait to go back. Super cool.
  • Zac
    ZacJuly 5, 2012
    Yet again the exit traffic is atrocious!!
  • Chauncey Radcliffe M.
    Completely worth every penny..all sport pass is the best way to go!!
  • Kurt R.
    Kurt RisingJune 8, 2012
    Go down below the entrance to get your tickets because there is no line like there is out front. Bring extra clothes, you get soaked if you go rafting. And if you go, you have to do some rafting.
  • Brett F.
    Brett FlashnickMay 24, 2012
    They don't tell you in advance, but closed toe shoes are required for all land activities.
  • Brad M.
    Brad MApril 14, 2012
    Go dave hepp!
  • Q D.
    Q DoubleMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Road the trails which was fun! The zip line seems cool too. Def gonna buy the Pass
  • Kaitlyn C.
    Kaitlyn Coen HaakeMarch 6, 2012
    The All Sports pass is the best!
  • FamilyFun
    FamilyFunFebruary 21, 2012
    The highlight for many is the white-water rafting (the currents in the man-made channels can be adjusted so they're safe for kids) but there's also mountain biking, kayaking, zip lines, and hiking.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WeberDecember 10, 2011
    Rock climbing is fun!
  • Amber L.
    Amber LarsonOctober 19, 2011
    Kayak + brewski = good time!
  • Matriarc
    MatriarcOctober 16, 2011
    Zip cording was super fun!
  • Mary Catherine D.
    Mary Catherine DolphensOctober 12, 2011
    In addition to all the fun outdoor activities, River's Edge has a great beer selection and tasty food. I highly recommend the black bean burger.
  • Charles R.
    Charles ReinAugust 15, 2011
    14 miles of trails, they charge 2.00 for trail maps, and trails not very well marked. Great for a day trip 40-50 dollars to do all events, trails free
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonAugust 10, 2011
    Rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking, climbing… the US National Whitewater Center is all about the great outdoors. Looking for something really different? Sign up for a survival course.
  • Lindsay A.
    Lindsay AllenJuly 21, 2011
    Invest in a year pass, its so worth it, if you go 3 times, its paid for itself, the only thing it doesn't include is white water kayaking, but there is a discount
  • missy b.
    missy banksJuly 13, 2011
    The food here is horrific
  • Rusty S.
    Rusty SheridanJuly 4, 2011
    Do not come here for the 4th of July fireworks. The exit traffic is not worth it.
  • Shawn O.
    Shawn O'BoyleJune 29, 2011
    A real Grown Up's playground.
  • Juliette P.
    Juliette PaolaJune 17, 2011
    Whitewater Rafting was my favorite! Flat water kayaking gives your arms a great workout without you even realizing it. Also, do the 46ft jump first, then you're ready for anything! Amazing place!!
  • Livability.com
    Livability.comMay 23, 2011
    The whitewater rafting may be amazing, but the Center is also home to one of the largest outdoor climbing structures in the US. So whatever your activity of choice, be sure to check this place out!
  • Visit North Carolina
    Visit North CarolinaJanuary 4, 2011
    Much more than whitewater rafting. Get an "all sport pass" and enjoy hiking, mountain biking, ziplining and more! Don't forget Fido, USNWC loves dogs.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SochaSeptember 5, 2010
    Don't forget to bring $5 for parking.
  • Natalie H.
    Natalie HAugust 22, 2010
    Don't let Ayat give you directions.
  • Robert H.
    Robert HenryAugust 14, 2010
    i had a great time doing adventure rafting and mountain biking
  • cureal
    curealAugust 14, 2010
    A good place to go in the city, if ur not in the mood to drive to the beach....
  • Scott H.
    Scott HepburnAugust 1, 2010
    Don't get trapped by their "No Rain Checks" policy. We dropped $150 here, only to have the park shut down before we could use our tickets.
  • Brian T.
    Brian TramueLJuly 18, 2010
    I want to do it all! Moonlight Micro Brews CruiseMain Grounds & TrailsRafting Read more
  • Andy C.
    Andy CastroJuly 11, 2010
    Lots of fun outdoor activities! Bring deodorant! :-)
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren RoederNovember 23, 2015
    Sunset beer dates, mtn biking, festivals
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