The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is dedicated to the promotion of the active, outdoor lifestyle. Since 2006, the USNWC has been promoting access to the outdoors for all levels of participants through its all-day pass programs, instruction, leadership school as well as festivals, races and other outdoor events. Whether you visit the Center’s 1,100 acres on the Catawba River or participate in the offsite programs featured throughout the United States, the USNWC wants you to play, relax and learn outside.
Throughout the year, the Whitewater Race Series challenges participants through various competitions in different sports including trail running, kayaking, mountain biking, triathlons, ultra-marathons and more.
For those looking to kick back, live music and outdoor festivals create a unique atmosphere of relaxation and fun. The River Jam concert series takes place every Thursday and Saturday evening throughout the summer months, in addition to 9 unique festivals held throughout the year.
The River’s Edge Bar & Grill, Pump House Biergarten, Adventure Dining opportunities, as well as multiple event/ meeting venues offer relaxing experiences after a long day of outdoor adventure.
The USNWC utilizes various adventure sports and natural environments onsite and throughout the region to develop leadership and communication skills. Skill development programs include specialized instruction and certification, summer camps for children and teenagers, and customizable team development courses for groups and schools, testing the mental and physical limits of participants in the wilderness.
Learning opportunities are available to individuals, families, and groups of all ages and skill levels.
In 2015, the facility acquired 140 more acres of land, bringing their total to over 540 acres, and the facility has just announced 4 major new developments that are now under construction.
The first will be America’s first and only permanent “Deep Water Solo Climbing Facility“. In essence, this will include several huge rock climbing walls (25′, 35′ and 45′ tall), with a 16 foot deep pool at the bottom.
USNWC-rendering-outfitterThe pool at the bottom of the 4 walls will serve as a cushion for both descending and jumping climbers.
The second development coming to the Whitewater Center will be the Outfitter.
It will feature a new state-of-the-art 5,000 square foot equipment and resource facility offering extreme sports lessons, gear, and apparel.
The third development coming to the center will be a completely renovated and redesigned kitchen, including over 5,000 square feet of new dining options.
The fourth, and possibly most exciting new development will be “The Tower“. A new 100+ foot tower on Hawk Island is being built right now, the “largest addition to the facility in our 10 year history,” according to Osterhus. It will be the home of two new zip line experiences.
The tower will reaching over 100 feet in the air, standing high atop Hawk Island.
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC, 28214