U.S. National Whitewater Center

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Water Park, Trail, and Other Great Outdoors
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214, United States
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  • Today
    • 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 7:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon–Wed
    • None
  • Thu
    • 4:00 PM–10:00 PM
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The U.S. National Whitewater Center is the world's premier outdoor facility featuring whitewater rafting, biking, zip lines, live music, craft brews and more.


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  • Sherri M.

    Best place to hike for exercise!

    Sherri McGee · September 26, 2014
  • Jesse H.

    Craft beer

    Jesse Hyde · September 15, 2014
  • Carlos R.

    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.

    Carlos Russo · September 5, 2014
  • Caitlynn P.

    Fish Tacos and a Sierra Nevada with some sweet potatoe fries :-)

    Caitlynn Parks · September 4, 2014
  • Alexandra C.

    Having so much fun!! Free concert!

    Alexandra C · August 23, 2014
  • Tracy

    River Jam 5K

    Tracy · August 14, 2014
  • Alexa T.

    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!!

    Alexa Thompson · August 12, 2014
  • Brent D.

    A unique and fun way to spend a summer day or weekend day. Tons of activities, and an awesome beer garden with local brews!

    Brent D · August 11, 2014
  • Brooks W.

    River Jam Concerts on Thursdays & Saturdays !

    Brooks Williams · August 8, 2014
  • Men's Health Mag

    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

    Men's Health Mag · August 3, 2014
  • Kylie G.

    so much fun!

    Kylie G · June 22, 2014
  • Varad P.

    You can get GoPro on rent and shoot all the cool things you do here!

    Varad Pathak · June 3, 2014
  • James B.

    Do yourself a favor and check out their website before you come. Lots of the problems people had (see other tips) could have been alleviated by simply reading the website: http://usnwc.org

    James Burkhardt · May 26, 2014
  • Chris K.

    Actually one of the better draft beer menus in Charlotte. Not to mention a great place to hang out and do things outside.

    Chris Konecny · May 24, 2014
  • Creighton-Elizabeth B.

    The biking trails are great, but not for beginners!

    Creighton-Elizabeth Boggs · April 28, 2014
  • Tracy D.

    Need closed toe shoes. Plan ahead, you will only be able to complete 4/5 activities, schedule whitewater rafting right away.

    Tracy Dinan · April 22, 2014
  • Jeroen V.

    Nice place to go rafting and mountainbiking. Kano, kayak, climbing are also fun

    Jeroen Van Bulck · April 5, 2014
  • Phil S.

    You'll need your own kayak and kit to hit the whitewater.

    Phil Sturgeon · November 3, 2013
  • Bobby R.

    Layer for the weather

    Bobby Roberson · October 21, 2013
  • 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

    Creative Loafing Charlotte · October 7, 2013
  • Hello J.

    Amazing time! Great for company trips and fun family excursions!

    Hello Jenny · September 11, 2013
  • Jodie N.

    Best Place in Charlotte to hangout on the weekend!

    Jodie N · September 7, 2013
  • Laura R.

    Wonderful place!!

    Laura Reich · September 7, 2013
  • FerlyG

    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.

    FerlyG · September 1, 2013
  • Stee-voh

    Wings are amazing!!

    Stee-voh · August 30, 2013
  • Raj M.

    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 !

    Raj Mehta · August 16, 2013
  • Sonja M.

    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.

    Sonja M · August 11, 2013
  • Emily E.

    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!!

    Emily E · August 11, 2013
  • Gini A.

    Even the beer is great.

    Gini Arnold · August 8, 2013
  • Alyssa F.

    Worst place to try and hike with a dog. Fucking too many bikers.

    Alyssa Fluke · August 4, 2013
  • Will T.

    Ask for Vincent Nelson is want to learn and really raft. Great guide!

    Will Trokey · July 28, 2013
  • Shawnon B.

    This place is a must see. If you are in Charlotte, save a day and participate!

    Shawnon Bellah · July 27, 2013
  • Ana Maria Z.

    Awesome place!! Loved the rafting! Great walking trails. A bit pricey.

    Ana Maria Ziroglu · July 21, 2013
  • Phillip D.

    Awesome place

    Phillip Dold · July 21, 2013
  • Janine A.

    Zip line canopy tour was awesome!!

    Janine Andrews · July 14, 2013
  • Connie F.

    Rafting a must try, paddle boarding was awesome, people in guest services super nice!

    Connie Fleming · July 10, 2013
  • mtnmac ^.

    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!

    mtnmac ^ · July 9, 2013
  • Pops B.

    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.

    Pops Bare · July 6, 2013
  • AdrienneC2

    If you like adrenaline & live in the area, a Season Pass is the only way to go!

    AdrienneC2 · June 23, 2013
  • RuthAnn F.

    Don't eat at the restaurants!!

    RuthAnn Ferns · June 15, 2013
  • RuthAnn F.

    Won't do the brew bash again ,,,, 20 seats empty and 30 min wait to eat!!!!!!

    RuthAnn Ferns · June 15, 2013
  • MaRloN P.

    L ots of music but it sucks

    MaRloN Peters · May 26, 2013
  • Charlotte Beer Girl

    Come to Thursday River Jam! Bring a chair and your dog!

    Charlotte Beer Girl · May 9, 2013
  • Ronnie M.

    Great outdoor activities! Gather up the family or friends and get active!

    Ronnie Moten · April 21, 2013
  • Joseph

    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.

    Joseph · March 18, 2013
  • Steve P.

    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.

    Steve Poland · October 20, 2012
  • Polly P.

    Been there,even did the zip line, great place

    Polly Parker · October 3, 2012
  • Sam W.

    Ranger IPA in the house!!!!

    Sam Washington · September 29, 2012
  • Benjamin O.

    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!

    Benjamin Olds · August 27, 2012
  • Cara L.

    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.

    Cara Ludlam · August 26, 2012