Big Water Sessions

Get ready for some action-packed paddling at Big Water Sessions, featuring the biggest and best whitewater the USNWC has to offer. Class III and IV rapids take center stage to be enjoyed by paddlers and spectators alike.


  • Big Water Sessions participants must purchase a Day Pass.
  • Please book a Rafting Reservation for the 6:30 PM time slot on Thursday evenings from May through September.
  • Advance notice reservations are $5 per guest. ┬áPlease contact Guest Services at 704.391.3900 for more information.
  • Report to the Trip Talk area at 6:30 P.M.

Questions / Comments

  1. Amanda July 27, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    When do you anticipate the whitewater activities to be open again?

    • usnwcadmin July 28, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Hey Amanda, unfortunately we still do not have a precise date for resuming whitewater operations; we hope to be completed as soon as possible and resume in August.

  2. Gary Wolfe June 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Help me please, to understand on what days of the week and also which hours, I may be in the water in my kayak ? Is that a solo, or am I escorted ? Thanks so much.

    • usnwcadmin June 13, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Hey Gary, you can check water times on the Calendar page for any date you are coming to visit up to one month out. You will need to check in at the Kayak Center for a skill check before entering the course on your own.

  3. Dee July 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I do not see a 6:30 time slot on Thursdays for Big Water raft reservations – grid only goes to 6 PM

    • usnwcadmin July 6, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Hey Dee, please book you rafting trip in person onsite or call Guest Services at 704-391-3900 to schedule.

  4. PATRICIA May 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm


    • usnwcadmin May 21, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Hey Patricia, yes we rent paddle boards from the Kayak Center.

  5. Rick Cobb May 4, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Hey. Had an awesome time at tuck fest. Do you allow riverboarding? Thanks

    • usnwcadmin May 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Hi Rick, yes we do allow river boarding. Thanks

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