Rafting Through Charlotte

25 Apr

Need a little adventure in your life? Look no further than the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. It is the premier outdoor adventure center, and for me, a great place to spend a warm spring day. The USNWC is located on approximately 400 acres of woodlands and offers everything from rock climbing, mountain biking, rafting and kayaking, to a mega zip-line and aerial Adventure Course.

A few years ago, a group of us tackled the Adventure Course. It was a great experience and team building exercise. Walking across the high ropes course 30 feet in the air, with a partner, quickly forces you to put your trust in someone else. The rafting was also a thrill. You can experience up to class IV rapids on the largest man-made re-circulating river in the world. Luckily, I didn’t have to do any swimming that day!

One of the things I look forward to trying this year is the rodeo rafting. It is perfect for someone like me who loves to raft but wants the experience of kayaking (but doesn’t know how). The raft is smaller and lighter than a typical whitewater raft so you can experience the drops and turns like a kayak. Be prepared to get wet!

The newest way to experience the USNWC is through a Canopy Tour. Through seven zip-lines, sky bridges, cargo net climbs, rappelling and hiking, you will get to experience the natural landscape up close. You will also take in some great views along the banks of the Catawba River. This may just have to go on my list as well.

After your day of fun, or if you prefer to just be an observer, the Whitewater River Jam began in April and will go through September. From the patio of the River’s Edge Bar & Grill, you will hear some great music; enjoy good food and drinks – all while watching the sun set over the Catawba River. You may even hear the enthusiastic screams from a few zip-liners and rafters!

What are some of your favorite things to do at the Whitewater Center?

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