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U.S. National Whitewater Center Loop is a 8.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Charlotte, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.7 mi Elevation gain 659 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Running Forest Lake River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Fee
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Note: There is a $6 entry fee at the gate. This loop combines the best of the US National Whitewater Center. It combines the North Main Loop, South Main Loop, Carpet Loop, and Lake Loop.

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Brett Balsley
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RunningGreat!

Beautiful

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Mia Kareli
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Hiking

pretty

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Mia Kareli
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Hiking
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Just Lao
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Mountain bikingGreat!

I went mountain biking here. It was full of fun. I did two laps cause it’s was short trail. There is some steep parts and maneuvering can be hard. I fell a couple of time near the lake side because there is a lot of switch back but it’s manageable

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Marshall Marler
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Mountain bikingRocky

Lake, park, trib, smoke, panda, park.

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Marshall Marler
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Rocky

Kkkkkk

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Eric Carter
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Mountain biking

The only trail open at the time I visited, was a 3.5 mile. It was a lite workout. Can’t wait to experience the other trails

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Anthony1d .
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Marshall Marler
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“Hiking Realtor” Charlotte
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Hiking

There are no less than 24 trails here at the US National Whitewater Center. I completed approximately 12 miles of the hiking trails, looping in and out of separate treks. I would suggest you download the map prior to heading out ... there’s over 45 miles of trail to explore. Trails aren’t marked as well as they could be, so be conscious when out exploring. Trails are “common” so you will see mountain bikers, pets, hikers and trail runners using the same trails. I always make an effort to travel towards bikers so I can quickly navigate an escape. Be courteous and just move to the right, your efforts will be appreciated. I always enjoy water views so I made it a point to explore the Lake Trail outlining the Catawba River. The trails are challenging and rated moderate to difficult and you’ll feel the burn when you’re done. This place is Adventure Wonderland, everything from mountain biking, rock climbing, zip line, kayaking and also new this year ... an ice skating rink! Love it here, definitely my favorite place to explore all four seasons. There’s a $6 entrance fee and parking is plentiful ... even on busy weekends. If you live in or near the Charlotte area and like adventure, consider their annual membership pass ... it’ll save you some cash. I paused this trail recording several times to capture some images, so the stats may be a little off. Great, Fun Day overall !!!

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Lina Voloshin
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Walking

Excellent variety of trails, beware of bikers though! Did North and south loops, of note was the “toilet bowl” side loop in the south loop- recommend!

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David Sturdevant
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Mountain biking

Visited in Sept. 2019. Parking is a reasonable $6 for all day (it’s a nonprofit org. that supports & trains our national whitewater athletes so don’t be so chintzy). $30 to rent one of their bikes or BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) for free. Only $59 for an adult day pass for all activities (zip lines, climbing walls, rope courses, whitewater rafting, flat & whitewater kayaking & front suspension bike- full suspension bikes are an extra upgrade). Over 40 miles of hiking/ biking trails from easy to advanced. I did a few of the easy trails (Lake Loop, Jack rabbit, Carolina Thread) and two of the intermediate trails (North Main & Academy). I completed the North Main cautiously but the Academy trail was (for me) a little too steep, leaf-covered with root-filled switchbacks and drops and I had to walk my bike on several stretches. I’m fairly new to mountain biking so your results may vary. I went mid week and it wasn’t very crowded on the trails. The trails are well shaded.

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Clark Rosenberry
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Running

Great well established trail system. Path has been beaten by runners, mountain bikers, and hikers. The handful of people I encountered on the trails throughout the day were polite patrons. Restrooms, cool outdoor shop, nice restaurant at center of park makes great pit stop area that trails loop back to and enjoyable spot for post-run food/beer. Trails: winding, rolling hills, sticks, rocks, roots, bugs, snake, lizards, red cardinal, big white crane, and after over 11 miles only one muddy patch I was able to hop around. Nice weather today. Would avoid on a rainy day, as it would likely be a muddy mess. Trails mostly shaded but some areas break out into the open, which was a nice mix. Hills, rocks, and roots could cause injury, so be cautious. However, those rocks and roots create a quality training ground for serious trail runners in the area.

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David Hildner
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Hiking

Hiked East Mile trail. Nice 5.7 mile trail. Evident it is primarily for mountain bikers as the last two miles are a bit switchback intense for hiking.

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AllTrails User
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For a $6 parking fee you have access to flat and well-maintained trails with an average amount of roots and stones to navigate as you pass through forest. The Lake Trail features several undeveloped ponds and is well demarcated. We had a blast mountain biking but trails are ho-hum for hiking. As others have noted, everyone on the trail was respectful so please follow suit. There are plenty of bathroom facilities on site and a top-notch restaurant. Climbing ropes are a short stroll from the restaurant if your kids still have energy to burn (of course, ours did). For a fee you can Zipline or try the 100ft drop in fair weather. in summer months, you can free climb the climbing wall suspended over a deep pool or brave white water in kayaks. You can also attend free concerts here.

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Robert Marshall
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It was last year when my friend and I rode the mountain bike trail.,It was our first time on a mountain bike but a look workout and loads of fun.

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George Hamm
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Hiking

Good day out on the trail. Closed to bikes because of the rain so nice hike.

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K P
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Running

Good training spot if you work on this side of Charlotte. During Summer, there are snakes in the middle of the trail sometimes.

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Eric Kane
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Mountain biking

I’m new to riding and stuck to the moderate trails. The trails were well maintained with a nice mix of hills, narrow spots, switchbacks, river views, etc. $6 to park and is a steal. Be sure to check their website before going as the trails are sometimes closed after rain. I will be going back.

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Jason Merritt
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Mountain biking

I absolutely love riding at the whitewater center. These trails never bore me, even though I’m pretty sure I’ve covered almost every square inch of them by now. They do a great job of keeping them maintained and there’s nothing nicer to come off a great ride and grab a tall boy afterwards and sit by the water or stay a little later and listen to the live music.

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Pepper Provoast Mahin
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Best place for trail running

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Melissa Bruce
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Hiking

$6 entry fee at the gate fully worth it. My Husband and I hiked the 3 mile green trail today. Lots of mountain bikers but all were respectful. We would move to the side to let them pass. Beautiful views and moderate hiking. Would do it every week if we were local. We highly recommend it. Good shoes and water a must!

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Robert Friend
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Mountain biking

Good intermediate trail and practice for some more challenging mountain rides. well maintained nice ride.

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Russ Langley
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Mountain biking

First there is more like 30 miles of trail built for mountainbiking. There are harder and easier trails as is is broken down by loop name. These trails existed before the WWC took over and were built by the Tarheel Trail Blazers Mountain Bike club. The WWC has improved the trails and added miles. Hiking and running allowed but don't wear headphones on mountainbike trails and keep in mind who built them, mountainbikers.

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Breeanne Walters Howe
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Hiking

North main trail wasn't crowded, with beautiful views of the Catawba. Cross the little shaky bridge and walk left for a sweet little spot to sit on the rocks and enjoy the river view :)

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Douglas W. Canipe
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it's a nice place but the $6 parking fee is ridiculous.

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Brad Shortt
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Running

the trail I went on was definitely made for mountain bikes but I was fortunate to be the only one out there. crazy awesome place to trail run.

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Alisha Feagin
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Running

Great venue! You can spend all day there having a blast. The extensive running and biking trails are well kept and challenging. Traffic is heavy on the weekends, but a def spot to check out.

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Patrick Horton
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What a fun place to enjoy the entire day. We went on a Thursday and for the second whitewater trip we did a big water class 4. ZIp lines and multiple ropes coarse were awesome!

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Andruw Snipes
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Hiking

I would rate the trails higher, but can't. The USNWC may say the trails are for hiking and biking, but the trails are too narrow for both activities. Also, mountain bikers don't give any warning when they're coming up from behind to hikers or slower bikers. They just hope you hear them and get out of the way, which is hard to do on narrow trails or if you have headphones on. USNWC either needs to designate some trails are for mountain bikes and others are for hiking, make the trails wider (which I know is expensive and hard to do), or put up signs telling bikers to give warnings. I was nearly ran over by several mtn bikers the other day, b/c they gave no warnings. Luckily, I heard them before it was too late.

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