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US National Whitewater Center
US National Whitewater Center

US National Whitewater Center

Para acelerar o seu pulso, dirija-se 20 minutos a oeste de Uptown até o US National Whitewater Center, que oferece 24 atividades ao longo do maior rio de águas bravas do mundo, uma série de trilhas na floresta e o rio Catawba adjacente. Inaugurado em 2006, o Centro é um local oficial de treinamento olímpico para corridas de canoa e caiaque slalom.

Aqui você pode fazer rafting ou andar de caiaque como se estivesse em corredeiras de verdade, ou fazer uma viagem mais tranquila de canoa, caiaque ou stand-up paddleboard ao longo da Catawba. Escale uma parede de escalada artificial ou faça tirolesa nas piscinas de águas brancas.

Por um custo adicional de US $ 89 por pessoa (adultos e crianças), você pode fazer um passeio guiado de 3 a 4 horas pelo Canopy Tour, que atravessa uma série de pontes de corda, plataformas de árvores e tirolesas suspensas bem acima de um desfiladeiro do cânion, pântanos , e o dossel da floresta.

No caso de solo sólido e não aquoso ser mais sua opção, você pode explorar a rede de trilhas na floresta de 22,5 km aqui, que são projetadas para uma combinação de caminhada, corrida e mountain bike. E para quem gostaria de fazer um dia inteiro (e no início da noite) de visita ao Centro, há um café e pub no local com um grande deck.

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Diariamente: 9h - 19h
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28214

The Basics

Water enthusiasts can go whitewater rafting, adventure rafting, rodeo rafting, family rafting, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Climbers can choose between wall climbing, bouldering, and deep water soloing. Ziplining, high jumping, and a ropes course are also options. There are also around 40 miles (64 kilometers) of trails for walking, hiking, and biking. Ice skating is also in the winter. The center also hosts a number of outdoor festivals throughout the year, particularly over the summer.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • You can pay for individual activities or an all day pass covering all activities; the canopy tour requires a separate charge.
  • Bring towels and a change of clothing if planning on participating in water activities. Closed-toe shoes are recommended (and required for many activities).
  • Rafting reservations are required for all rafting trips; book early as they can fill up.
  • Paid lockers, storage bins, and locker rooms are available.
  • There are several options on-site for food and beverage, including a beer garden.
  • Dogs are allowed on the grounds, hiking trails,on kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards, and at the outdoor restaurant.
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How to Get There

The center is located around 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of Uptown Charlotte. Take I-85 to exit 29 or I-485 to exit 12. Paid parking is available on-site.

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When to Get There

The center can be visited year round, though some activities are seasonal. Water activities are available from March through October, which is also the peak season. Ice skating is available from late November through February. The center is also popular after work and on weekends.

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Lake Norman

Located around 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of the US National Whitewater Center, Lake Norman is also a popular outdoor recreation destination. Boating 520 miles (837 kilometers) of shoreline, it’s the largest man-made lake in the state. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities, such as boating, fishing, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, waterskiing, swimming, biking, and hiking.

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