At a Glance

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts.  There are 30+ land and water-based activities with something to do for all ages and ranges of skill.  The USNWC also provides instruction and certification courses and regularly hosts races, concerts and festivals.

The USNWC is situated on the Catawba River and the northernmost part of Lake Wylie.  It is a favorite attraction for many Charlotte-area residents and draws visitors from across the southeast.  Guests looking for a more relaxed outing can bring a blanket and simply kick-back on the grass or take in the summer concert series every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.  Speciality dining options and biergarten provide the perfect way to relax after a long day of adventuring.

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Over 1,300 acres of woodlands and water frontage along Catawba River, Long Creek and Lake Wylie.


Whitewater rafting, ziplines, ropes courses, kayaking, SUP, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, yoga, concert amphitheater, dining, and more.

Surrounding Neighborhoods

North of Belmont and the Charlotte Steele Creek area. Vineyards on Lake Wylie. River Walk Plantation.


The USNWC is situated along the Catawba River, in Lake Wylie’s most northern stretch of water.

Contact / Address: 704-391-3900 / 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte NC 28214

Around the Park

Visitors to the USNWC may be surprised to discover all of the activities available in addition to excellent rafting, kayaking and water options.