Rafters in the US national whitewater center in Charlotte, North Carolina during our city walk
The scale and scope of the US National White Water Center blew my mind

Have you even heard of the US National White Water Center? I hadn’t but I really enjoyed exploring it. In fact, it kind of blew my mind. The White Water Center is a non-profit swiftwater recreation and athletic training and competition facility for whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. It also has, rock climbing, ziplining, adventure courses, mountain biking, hiking, and ice skating (in the winter) which opened in 2006.

Treadmill Walking Video:

Walking Tour of US National White Water Center in Charlotte, North Carolina – Virtual Treadmill Walk

The sheer scale of this place is mind boggling. For a day pass you can do whatever activity you want. They lead “guided” white water raft trips that last about 90 minutes multiple times a day. There are three circuits and involving a conveyor belt. People zipline overhead in multiple directions. We head down to the real river where you can kayak or paddle board. It’s pretty amazing.
I’m gushing over this place (pun intended) but I’m not sponsored. I just think it’s really cool. I found out about it from my friend Rob Nelson over at @UntamedScience and Stone Aged Man which is a very cool and very fun science channel. He gave me a quick tour prior to filming this walk. I’d go back just for fun in a heart beat.

White water section in the US National White Water Center in Charlotte, North Carolina during a virtual tour
They can change and shape the rapids in the various circuits

The Center’s recirculating river flows with 12 million gallons of water, which gets cleaned every 24 hours by a filtration and ultraviolet system. The whitewater portion of the river has a total of 3,750 feet (1,140 m) of channel divided between two channels (3 options): the Olympic-standard slalom competition channel and the longer wilderness channel, which splits around an island at the top. The rapids rate at Class II to IV and you can navigate them via canoe, kayak or a guided raft. The different channels are linked by an Upper and Lower Pool which connect via a moving-belt boat-lift conveyor. The rapids get reconfigured using bollards and gates.

As mentioned, in winter, the large pool where the rafts put in gets turned into a skating rink. The facility has several food stands and a restaurant as well as lockers and meeting spaces. A day pass for adults is currently $75 but includes all the activities included in this list on their website.

More of our North Carolina Walks:

Raleigh, NC Treadmill Walking Scenery
Charlotte, North Carolina – Downtown Walking tour
Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC Walking Tour
Wilmington, NC Downtown Walking Tour
Wrightsville Beach – Beach Walk on a Winter Day
Wrightsville Beach, NC Treadmill Walk
Charlotte, NC Virtual Walking Tour and Video

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