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The U.S. National Whitewater Center is an outdoor recreation facility set on the banks of the Catawba River, just west of Charlotte, which features all of the activities listed above and more. The center consists of 307 acres of woodlands and is home to the world's largest recirculating river, 14 miles of biking, hiking and running trails, two seperate Zip rides, a rather elaborate eco caching array, and one of the world's largest outdoor climbing facilities. This outdoor adventure recreation center operates on a buy one ticket, PLAY ALL DAY plan, or you can buy tickets for individual Zip rides, climbing sessions, or all day limited to only one sport. Admission prices range from $10 for an individual Mega Zip flight to $49 for an all day, all sport pass. All sport season passes go for $139.
Originally conceived as a training center for the US Olympic whitewater athletes for the 2008 Olympics, it has had financial and legal issues which have still not been resolved but are not problematic for facility users. It is one of the most remarkable man-made outdoor athletic facilities that I have ever seen.

Address: 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Directions: Between Moore's Chapel Road and the Catawba River in northwestern Mecklenburg County. North of I-85 and west of I-485.
Phone: 704.391.3900
Website: http://www.usnwc.org

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  • Written Jul 29, 2009
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