Coming in 2015

To our guests,

The USNWC has experienced considerable growth over the last few years, and we have been fortunate to have the Greater Charlotte Region embrace the outdoor lifestyle through our facility. The opportunities to keep up with our growth during that time have been governed by our need to pay off the debt incurred to build the original facilities. That remainder of our debt was paid off in 2014, and the focus has now turned towards addressing the areas where the growth has been most squarely felt.

Our growth has meant more crowding and less capacity than we are comfortable with at times. Much of our planning and investment is aimed at addressing these issues. Our primary focus is to bring more elements to challenge you and your family and friends with more opportunities to play outside.

In 2015, the new USNWC offerings will include:

  • Activities:
    • Four new zip lines will be added totaling over 4000 ft.
    • Two new jumps in excess of 60 ft. each.
    • 40 ft. rappelling wall located on our new 120 ft. tall launch tower.
    • A belayed canopy tour on Long Point.
    • 11 miles of additional trails.
  • Additional Land:
    • 140 acres of additional land along Whitewater Center Parkway. The USNWC completed purchase of this land in early November 2014 and it is comprised of large growth hardwoods on rolling hills which also includes several beautiful streams and swamps. The USNWC plans to keep the new property in its natural state to provide even more opportunities to play outdoors. With this purchase, the USNWC is now comprised of approximately 700 acres.
  • Additional Amenities:
    • Pump House Biergarten- This 3500 sq. ft., two-story pavilion on Abbey Island will offer more food and beverage options. The bar will offer 40 taps and the grill will offer burgers, salads, shakes and hand-cut fries with seating for over 500. The Biergarten will also offer  additional restroom facilities to address a critical need for our guests.
    • Ridge Pavilions- Two pavilions totaling 3500 sq. ft. on the South Ridge of the USNWC main campus will provide shelter and restroom facilities to better serve our guests who participate in the High Ropes Center during their visit. Additionally, both Pavilions will provide premium amenities and ample space for organizations and groups who utilize the USNWC for various event functions.

Our top priorities will always be to provide an outstanding experience for our guests and to further promote the authentic outdoor lifestyle. We will continue to work and further our mission while providing the very best outdoor center in the world today. Thank you for taking the journey with us. We can’t wait to show you what the USNWC has in store next year.


Jeffrey T. Wise

Chief Executive Officer

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Business Development Coordinator

The Business Development Coordinator is full-time, year-round position that is responsible for cultivating relationships and providing in-depth knowledge of products/services in order to increase group bookings to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC.  This person will expand the network of potential business in the defined geographical area in the following categories: corporate, military, academic/education, scouts and religious organizations.  The Business Development Coordinator will also be responsible for scheduling and acting as a brand ambassador on behalf of the USNWC at public events including festivals, races, sporting events, corporate events and recruiting functions within the defined geographical area.   


Raft Guide School

Become a professional river guide at the largest man-made whitewater facility in the world. The U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC is seeking full and part-time seasonal guides. No prior experience is needed.

From the classroom to the river, our top-notch instructors will teach all of the necessary skills expected of a professional raft guide. Upon completion of guide school, preferential consideration will be given to top graduates in order to complete USNWC’s qualifying check-out process. Upon qualification, a fun, physical, and customer interactive job awaits.

Guide school tuition:

Raft guide school requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age, or 17 and a high school graduating senior.
  • Your level of physical fitness and swimming capabilities must be appropriately developed to handle the safety-related responsibilities of this position

Attending guide school does not guarantee a job at the USNWC


Guide School has a 1 to 6 instructor to student ratio, ensuring the quality instruction needed to succeed as a professional raft guide. There are limited spaces available, so be sure to sign up early to secure a spot.

To register please call Guest Services at 704.391.3900 or use the links below to register online.

2015 Guide School Dates:

Weekday Guide School Dates

  • Guide School A – Monday 3/2- Friday 3/6
    • Orientation: Sunday 3/1 (4:00pm)
  • Guide School C – Monday 3/9- Friday 3/13
    • Orientation: Sunday 3/8 (4:00pm)
  • Guide School E – Monday 3/30- Friday 4/3
    • Orientation: Sunday 3/29 (4:00pm)
  • Guide School F – Monday 4/6- Friday 4/10
    • Orientation: Sunday 4/5 (4:00pm)
  • Guide School H – Monday 4/27- Friday 5/1
    • Orientation: Sunday 4/26 (4:00pm)
  • Guide School I – Monday 5/11- Friday 5/15
    • Orientation: Sunday 5/10 (4:00pm)
  • Guide School J – Monday 5/18- Friday 5/22
    • Orientation: Sunday 5/17 (4:00pm)
  • Guide School K – Monday 5/25- Friday 5/29
    • Orientation: Sunday 5/24 (4:00pm)
  • Guide School M – Monday 6/1- Friday 6/5
    • Orientation: Sunday 5/31 (4:00pm)
  • Guide School N – Monday 6/8- Friday 6/12
    • Orientation: Sunday 6/7 (4:00pm)
  • Guide School P – Monday 7/13- Friday 7/17
    • Orientation: Sunday 7/12 (4:00pm)
  • Guide School Q – Monday 7/27- Friday 7/31
    • Orientation: Sunday 7/26 (4:00pm)

Weekend Guide School Dates

  • Guide School B – Saturdays/Sundays: 3/7-3/8, 3/14-3/15, 3/21
    • Orientation: Friday 3/6 (6:00pm)
  • Guide School D - Saturdays/Sundays: 3/28-3/29, 4/4-4/5, 4/11
    • Orientation: Friday 3/27 (6:00pm)
  • Guide School G – Saturdays/Sundays: 4/25-4/26, 5/2-5/3, 5/9
    • Orientation: Friday 4/24 (6:00pm)
  • Guide School L – Saturdays/Sundays: 5/30-5/31, 6/6-6/7, 6/13
    • Orientation: Friday 5/29 (6:00pm)
  • Guide School O – Saturdays/Sundays: 6/20-6/21, 6/27-6/28, 7/4
    • Orientation: Friday 6/19 (6:00pm)



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5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC  28214




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5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214





  1. Head west on Morehead St.
  2. Turn right onto Freedom Drive
  3. Take I-85 South (left entrance)
  4. Take exit 29 for Sam Wilson Road and follow signs for USNWC


  1. After exiting the airport, head west on US-74 W/Wilkinson Blvd
  2. Turn left onto I-485 Inner North Ramp and continue onto I-485 N/Statesville
  3. Take exit 12 for Moores Chapel Road and follow signs for USNWC


  1. Head towards the intersection of I-485 and I-85 on the west side of Charlotte
  2. Take exit 29 for Sam Wilson Road and follow signs for USNWC

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  1. Head towards the intersection of I-485 and I-85 on the west side of Charlotte
  2. Take exit 12 for Moores Chapel Road and follow signs for USNWC


  • On-site parking is $5 for a day pass, or $40 for an annual pass. You can purchase your parking pass on-site at the USNWC or online. In order to keep our trail system healthy, we apply all parking revenue directly to the expenses associated with trail maintenance and upkeep.