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↑ 2,400 ft
↓ 2,300 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is home to more than 40 miles of singletrack trails and growing to enjoy and explore for mountain bikers of all skill levels. With a facility spanning 1,300 acres, the USNWC is dedicated to the promotion of the active, outdoor lifestyle. The USNWC Trail System features natural forest landscapes, steep downhill descents, and views of the Catawba River to create authentic and rewarding mountain biking trails in the Charlotte area. Please check or call 704-391-3900 for daily trail conditions.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


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.

wfool answered on February 3, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: Able to rent bikes? Is there a trail charge or just parking? -Joe Young

A: Yes, there is a trail center near the whitewater channel that rents bikes. As of 2019 they rent single speed hardtails with coil forks for $30, higher end geared hardtails for $40, and full suspensions for $45. Their whole fleet is either Giant or Specialized. Parking is currently $6 a day or $50 for an annual parking pass.

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System Trails (12)
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Trail Check-ins
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Photo & Video Gallery (76)
Trail Photos & Videos (76)
Reviews (87)


September 22, 2019
bikeit420 Doubletrack  
Review: First time here and will definitely be back. The whitewater center is an amazing place. If you love outdoor stuff this is the place for you. Zip lines, high rope courses, whitewater kayaking and rafting. $6 to park in a huge parking area. Bike trails of all variety surround the facility. Was there several hours and only rode a small portion of the trails. Everything from beginner on up. Trails pretty well marked. Mostly packed clay and gravel. Lake and Parkway loops are good beginner trails. Awesome riding in the Charlotte area. Plenty of adventure options here and you could spend the whole day or several days here.


June 27, 2019
Review: Wow! What a great trail system with a decent variety of terrain and difficulty! Highly recommend!


March 21, 2019
Review: Extremely varied and diverse trail system. Big parking lot and lots of crowds on the weekend, but they are here for a reason. This place is awesome!


February 16, 2019
Review: plenty of great riding. enjoyed a lot of the trails, even the XC stuff. also a really cool place in the Charlette area to hang out.


April 16, 2018
mlombar17 Gnarly  
Review: Slalom track is awesome!


April 16, 2018
Review: Copy and paste the link below for an awesome highlight video from the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC. This place has over 35 miles of trails and is mostly flowly XC, but there are some cool jump lines and downhill shoots if you check out Trailforks. I did over 17 miles and had an absolute blast. I have never seen so many mountain bikers in one place! Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area. I post new videos from different spots in the Northeast every Monday, so be sure to subscribe for more! Link:

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!

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Granny Gear

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

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.


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

USNWC MTB Trail 4.49 out of 5 based on 87 ratings. 87 user reviews.
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Feature Article
Interbike to Organize Trail Service Project Ahead of Fall Cyclofest at USNWC
Fall Cyclofest Presented by Interbike Well Received by Bike Companies, Other Exhibitors Unsure
Interbike Launching East Coast Demo Event in October 2016