Who We Are

Remember how important recess was when you were a kid in school? It not only meant a time away from studying, it was also a time to relax, rejuvenate and reenergize. Like most adults striving to create a “recess” outside of work, we too wanted to continue this idea. Our goal was to create a unique place that would allow people to escape their daily routine to spend some time outdoors. That idea came to fruition in August 2006, with the opening of the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC). With over 24 activities, a restaurant, live music shows and events, we’ve deemed this the perfect playground for both children and adults. Recess is back.


Play, Relax, Learn.

Home to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river, the USNWC invites outdoor enthusiasts to play, relax and learn on the 400 acres that make up the facility.

Play

With more than 24 activities, the USNWC creates an outdoor playground for all ages. Activities that include whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip lines and ropes courses are available to all ages and skill levels.

Relax

For those looking to escape daily routine, live music shows and outdoor festivities create a unique atmosphere of relaxation and fun. Whether it’s the Fourth of July festival, a 5K trail race or the Thursday night River Jam series, there is always something exciting going on at the USNWC.

Learn

The USNWC offers summer camp, outdoor leadership and other team development programs that educate individuals, families and groups of all ages and skill levels.


Mission Statement

The mission of the U.S. National Whitewater Center is to build stronger communities by:

  • Promoting healthy and active lifestyles
  • Developing environmental stewardship
  • Encouraging family and civic interaction

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is a locally owned and operated, North Carolina 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Situated on over 500 acres of woodlands, the USNWC fosters an environment for people to come together to play outside.

Dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles and developing environmental stewardship, USNWC is home to the world’s largest, man-made whitewater river, offering premier outdoor activities with: whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip lines, a canopy tour, team building and rope courses.  The AllSport Pass is the most popular way to experience the USNWC, offering all day access to the AllSport activities.