Who We Are

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is dedicated to the promotion of the active, outdoor lifestyle. Since 2006, the USNWC has been promoting access to the outdoors for all levels of participants through its all-day pass programs, instruction, leadership school as well as festivals, races and other outdoor events. Whether you visit the Center’s 500 acres on the Catawba River or participate in the offsite programs featured throughout the United States, the USNWC wants you to play, relax and learn outside.

Play

The USNWC’s 500+ acres offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for all ages and skill levels. Guests can enjoy whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses, a canopy tour, and mountain biking on our 25+ mile trail system.

Throughout the year, the Whitewater Race Series challenges participants through various competitions in different sports including trail running, kayaking, mountain biking, triathlons, ultra-marathons and more.

Relax

For those looking to kick back, live music and outdoor festivals create a unique atmosphere of relaxation and fun. The River Jam concert series takes place every Thursday and Saturday evening throughout the summer months, in addition to 9 unique festivals held throughout the year.

The River’s Edge Bar & Grill, Pump House Biergarten, Adventure Dining opportunities, as well as multiple event/ meeting venues offer relaxing experiences after a long day of outdoor adventure.

Learn

The USNWC utilizes various adventure sports and natural environments onsite, throughout the region, and across the United States to develop leadership and communication skills. Skill development programs include specialized Instruction and certification, summer camps for children and teenagers, customizable team development courses for groups and schools, and Adventure Travel programs preparing and testing the mental and physical limits of participants in the wilderness.

Learning opportunities are available to 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, the USNWC is home to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river, offering premier outdoor activities including whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip lines, a canopy tour, rope courses and various team building activities.  The AllSport Pass is the most popular way to experience the USNWC, offering all day access to the AllSport activities.