Trails FAQs


How can I find out if the trails are open/closed?
Trail status can be checked via the status light at bottom of any page (Green indicates Open Trails, Red indicates Closed Trails), or by calling Guest Services at 704.391.3900.


Why do you close the trails?
We close the trails to preserve the health of the trail system and for trail maintenance. This is the most sustainable way to operate trails with a high use pattern.


Can I still hike or run if the trails are closed?
When the trails are closed it means they are closed to all traffic. By keeping traffic off of the trails we allow the trails to rebound faster.


Do hikers and bikers share the trails?
The trails are shared by hikers, runners and bikers.


How many trails do you have and how difficult are they?
We have over 50 miles of trails and they are graded on a scale similar to a ski slope:

  • Green – Difficult
  • Blue – More Difficult
  • Black – Most Difficult

All of our trails, regardless of posted difficulty level, may have sections that are both physically & technically challenging.


Is there a fee to use the trails?
There are no additional trail fees once the parking fee is paid at the entrance gate. The Whitewater Center parking fee is $6 daily (oversized vehicles $18) or $50 for an annual parking pass. Annual Parking Passes are valid through December 31st. Parking passes are available for purchase on-site or online.


Do you rent bikes?
Bike and helmet rentals are included in the Annual Pass, Day Pass, and Single Activity Pass. Please refer to the pass descriptions to find out which pass is right for you.


Do you have trail maps?
Trail maps are available for viewing on Whitewater Center property, and online. Trail maps are also available for purchase in the Outfitters Store and Trail Center. They cost $2 and all the proceeds go towards trail maintenance.


May I bring my dog on the trails?
The Whitewater Center is a pet-friendly facility. At all times, dogs must be secured with a leash and with you at all times, no matter how friendly or obedient. Whitewater Center is not responsible for lost or injured animals. Please come prepared with plenty of water and clean up after your pets.

U.S. National Whitewater Center | 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway | Charlotte, NC 28214 | 704.391.3900 |