Lucy at Whitewater Rafting Centre 4
Lucy at Whitewater Rafting Centre 1
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Lucy at Whitewater Rafting Centre 4
Lucy at Whitewater Rafting Centre 1


The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC), a non-profit outdoor center situated on 400 acres of woodlands along the Catawba River, is dedicated to promoting the active, outdoor lifestyle. Alongside mountain biking and running trails, a climbing center, zip-lines, flatwater kayaking, high rope courses, and a canopy tour, the facility's most unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and paddling enthusiasts of all abilities. The USNWC is proud to be a U.S. Olympic Training Site that provides outdoor recreation for families, outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, casual observers and Olympic-caliber athletes. Dogs are allowed on the grounds, outdoor restaurant, hiking trails (on-leash), kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards, but cannot join you on the zip line, ropes course, or whitewater rafts. Dogs are also welcome at special events like the Thursday River Jam with live music, Olympic trials, and family camping weekends.


BringFido Traveler Rating

U.S. National Whitewater Center has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 bones by 3 dog owners on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great trails w/ variety but need shoulders.

    Great trails w/ variety but need clearings to escape the bikers. Especially around blind curves. I try to look before I get in one of these blind spots but bikes can come up on you pretty fast. I'm sure the bikers would agree. Great place!

  • More than one year ago.
    Bring Fido Along if you don't plan on Rafting

    The whitewater center is dog friendly! You can hike, kayak, and enjoy the riverside bar with your canine friend!

  • More than one year ago.
    Watery fun

    We visited in January on a very mild day with 70F temperatures. There was no rafting but still plenty of people on the ziplines and enjoying a bit of unseasonally warm weather. The trails are pet friendly with plenty of doggie amenities. Next time my pup will have to enjoy a bit of kayak time!

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Traveler Photos

We've dug up 4 pictures of dogs at U.S. National Whitewater Center for you below. Enjoy!

Woman and Her Dog Kayak
Man and His Dog Kayaking
Dog Sits with His Owner While People Raft
Dog in a Life Jacket Rides on a Kayak

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