U.S. National Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214

(704) 391-3900


Come on out and enjoy the day outdoors at our nearly 400-acre public adventure-sport facility.

Place Information

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  • Place Hours
    Sunday 9:00am - 8:00pm
    Monday 10:00am - 7:00pm
    Tuesday 10:00am - 7:00pm
    Wednesday 10:00am - 7:00pm
    Thursday 10:00am - 7:00pm
    Friday 10:00am - 7:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am - 8:00pm

Word on the Street

Family and social interaction is a natural part of the outdoor lifestyle we promote at the USNWC. Throughout the year, people from around the region gather for adventure races, festivals, charity fundraisers, and livemusic. One of the most popular events - the Subaru River Jam - pulls thousands of people to the U.S. National Whitewater Center on Thursday nights throughout the summer. Our nearly 400 acres overlook the Catawba River and house the world’s largest man-made recirculating river, 14 miles of hiking/biking trails, an outdoor climbing wall with over 40 roped climbs, a high and low ropes course and an 1,123-foot long ziplineWhat to WearWear comfortable clothes appropriate for your choice of activities and weather conditions - in other words, wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or in some cases wet.  Also we recommend wearing closed-toe shoes, as most of are activities require them.  Closed-toe shoes are available for rent and purchase on- site as well.Bring a towel along and maybe an extra set of clothes if you plan to participate in a water sport.Shower and locker room facilities are available.  Locker tokens can be purchased at the main ticket window ($2 one-time use) or the Outfitter's store upon arrival.To rent a bike you will need to present a credit card at time of rental (charges apply only for loss or damage).What to ExpectIt is important to plan your day with the following information in mind;In order to maximize the guest experience, we set capacity limits on the the activities available to the purchaser of the Sport PassesGive yourself plenty of time to spend at the Center since there are limits to the availabilities due to the capacity limits (most folks spend 4-5 hrs at the Center engaging in several activities)Many activities fill up quickly during peak times (generally 11:30-3:30)For many activities we create a wait list to allow you to sign up for the next available trip in order to avoid standing in lineWe encourage you to try other activities while you wait on the activity you were initially seeking (i.e. stay active) Please check the daily activity schedule to determine the the day's schedule of activitiesConsider factoring in eating time since most people do visit the restaurant during their trip  Please review the gear requirements for the activities so that you may come prepared.  Please pay particular attention to the footwear requirements House RulesWe look forward to your visit and ask all guests to follow our 4 simple rules:You are responsible for your own safety at all times and you must exercise extreme caution while visiting the Center due to the inherently dangerous activities and elements within the CenterNo Coolers or Outside Food and BeverageNo SmokingKeep Pets On A Leash At All TimesParents are requested to maintain constant supervision of small children as there are no guard rails around the river.Guests with DisabilitiesThe USNWC diligently strives to accommodate all our guests. If you or someone in your group has special needs, please let us know upon arrival at the USNWC. Each activity requires different physical capabilities, but we will do our best to accommodate each person based on his/her needs, our safety requirements and our resources. We look forward to your visit!

U.S. National Whitewater Center: From the Parents


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