USNWC

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Intermediate
31
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,400 ft
↓ 2,300 ft
638
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
The Catawba trail observes closures due to weather to preserve the trail...before riding, please call 704-391-3900, option 4 or http://www.tarheeltrailblazers.com/ for daily trail conditions.
Approximately 10 miles of singletrack and jeep roads rise 70 feet from the banks of the Catawba River to challenge mountain bikers of every skill level. River views, lungbusting climbs, and technical descents combine to create some of the best mountain biking in the area - all just a 15 minute drive from uptown Charlotte. Optional trails such as: Figure 8, The Point, Carpet Trail, Goat Hill, Weigh Station, and Toilet Bowl are all connected by the Main Trail to create one continuous, easy-to-follow loop. There are also some unnamed options...two very quick downhill descents off of the Goat Hill trail and a downhill slalom track in the clearing next to the exit from the Toilet Bowl trail. The trails at the USNWC are technically difficult in certain sections and are not for first-time riders. Helmets and bikes designed for steep singletrack riding are required.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Can you bring your own mountain bike -Guest

A: Yes you can. There is a $5 parking fee. If you find that you go frequently, they have a $40 annual pass. Be sure to check the USNWC website to make sure the trails are open.

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Granny Gear

May 28, 2017
sassyswede Granny Gear  
 
Review: A great place to get a good ride in that is near home. Variety of trails from easy to difficult to meet everyone's skill/energy level. It doesn't hurt that there is a nice refreshing adult bevy available after!

Similar Trail: General rating for all trails.

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Granny Gear

May 9, 2017
dhracer Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great flowing trails! Well maintained and helpful staff for bike rental.

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Granny Gear

May 8, 2017
mwh29 Granny Gear  
 
Review: As everyone says, there is something here for everyone, well worth the trip, lot's of fun and a very cool place to visit as there are many other great activities besides biking.

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Trailblazer


November 28, 2016
 
Review: Something for everyone. really great place to ride. had tons of fun here. wish I had more time.

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Granny Gear

November 7, 2016
Mharding Granny Gear  
 
Review: So many trails to choose from beginner to a slalom dirt course. Really, really fun.

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Bunny Hop

October 25, 2016
 
Review: Definitely worth another visit. I, too, was there for Cyclofest and rode a bunch of trails, but Figure 8 was my favorite. While USNWC rates it as a 'black diamond' there were only a couple of 'too technical' sections that I had to walk. There were some fun drops and flowy sections, and some really challenging climbs that I enjoyed tackling.

Similar Trail: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Ohio - B Trail

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Gramcounter

October 23, 2016
 
Review: Attended CycloFest 10/20-23 and my first time at the National Whitewater Center. Well worth the visit! $5 parking fee and 35 miles of great trails that have something for all rider levels. Beautiful scenery and a lot of things to do other than ride!

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Gramcounter

September 9, 2016
 
Review: Great trail this place has it all, and if you time it right you might see micheal phelps

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Singletrack


June 27, 2016
EZ-E Singletrack  
 
Review: New additions for 2016 are the Academy Trail and the Full East Main Trail Extension...adds about another 6mi to the complex of trails. Both new sections are on the north portion of the park...Academy starts at the entrance of the north overflow parking lot, East Main can be accessed most quickly by the paved road that bisects the existing east main trail (go north). River Jam is still about the most happening event in town every Thursday from May-Oct with a featured live band, upside is it's a fun little party - downside, parking is still a nightmare that night. There's a River Jam on Saturday nights as well...great to grab beers after a ride and enjoy. Be prepared to pay $5 fee for parking or $40 for a season parking pass. You can't go wrong with any trails out at the usnwc...if you are a beginner try the Lake Loop first because you can get hurt on these trails. Check for green/blue/black ratings before you ride. If you are visiting make a day of it...there's rafting, kayaking on the recirculating whitewater river, zip lines, ropes courses, bike rentals, climbing walls and flatwater activities on the Catawba. Lock your bike if you leave it on your rack...thieves have been known to cruise the lots.

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June 15, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: I'm relatively new to the Charlotte area but I've ridden a lot the trails in the area. USNWC is comprised of multiple loops that are interconnected that can be combined for longer rides. All trails very different from one another. I am not that technically skilled and my job (ICU Murse) keeps me off the super technical stuff cause if I break my arm I can't work. I ride an 29er hardtail xc bike.

East Main- Moderate Difficulty- twisty single track with a few good climbs. Haven't found the "extension" everyone is telling me to ride
Parkway Trail- very easy Greenway Gravel trail, I use it to add miles and connect to East Main to Academy
Academy- Moderate Difficulty- Short-steep climbs and descents. Can be quite twisty and techy at times. Not quite my thing.
Carolina Thread-Easy-Sortaflowy-out and back. Watch for on coming riders. Can be annoying around blind corners.
Figure 8-Difficult-I have only riden the section that connects CT to North Main. A couple sections where I wish I had full suspension, can be rocky and rooty.
North Main-Moderate-Small amount of flow, like east main but with more sustained climbs and descents.
South Main-Moderate- Small amount of flow, not very technical but a good uphill. watch for kayakers porting their boats.

My only gripe with USNWC is how confusing some of the trails can be. Sometimes the signs and maps aren't completely clear especially around the north main-south main junction area.

Similar Trail: Every tail is different. Lake Norman esque at times.

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USNWC MTB Trail 4.46 out of 5 based on 81 ratings. 81 user reviews.
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Fall Cyclofest Presented by Interbike Well Received by Bike Companies, Other Exhibitors Unsure
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Interbike Launching East Coast Demo Event in October 2016
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Interbike to Organize Trail Service Project Ahead of Fall Cyclofest at USNWC
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