Blog » U.S. National Whitewater Center
If you are visiting Charlotte and are looking for outdoor adventure, then consider a visit to the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Encased with lush, mature trees and shaded trails, it’s easy to immerse oneself in the rugged beauty of the surroundings while enjoying the modern conveniences of an onsite restaurant, locker rooms and clean bathroom facilities.
From trails to water and land sports, it’s easy to combine activities to fit your day. Land sports included Rock Climbing, Mega Zip, and a Canopy Tour. (We didn’t care to rock climb and couldn’t participate in the Mega Zip and Canopy as my son didn’t meet the weight and age requirements.)
Upon entering the complex, you’ll notice the main attraction: the man-made whitewater river. There are three rafting options on the river: Family, Adventure and Rodeo. We chose the Family option because of my son’s age. (There are age restrictions with rafting so check the center’s website for more information.) Family Rafting is the most low-key option and is designed for younger participants or those who haven’t rafted before. If you’re up for more advetnure, consider the other two options. This was our family's first time attempting to whitewater raft. After a safety lecture, helmets and life-vests, we were off with our rafting guide, Kristin!
Rafting was awesome! We were completely soaked by the end and loved every minute of it. We surfed one of the rapids and I, on several occasions, broke my husband’s fall as the waves hit his side of the raft. Since we were only a party of three and going on the Family Raft, we had the raft to ourselves — like our own personal tour. The staff takes candid picutres on the side which are uploaded to the center’s website for purchase.
We also participated in Flatwater Kayaking — my personal favorite activity of the day. Lazily paddle down the Catawba River as you explore the area’s flora and fauna. We saw birds and a fish splashed on the side of my kayak. At times, we simply let the current carry us as we enjoyed the scenery.
The last activity were participated in was Climb 2 Zip. You climb up to a 32-foot platform then glide down a 100ft zip line.
The center is open to animals and a great place to spend the day. For additional information, please visit http://usnwc.org/
What are your favorite outdoor activities?