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U.S. National Whitewater Center

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is a dog-friendly non-profit on 400 acres of woodlands along the Catawba River in Charlotte, NC. Visitors can enjoy mountain biking, running trails, a climbing center, zip lines, high rope courses, and the multiple-channel, customized whitewater river. Leashed dogs are allowed on the grounds, outdoor restaurants, hiking trails, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards, but they cannot join you on the zip line, ropes courses or whitewater rafts. Visit Website

Or call (704) 391-3900 or email info@usnwc.org for more information.


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U.S. National Whitewater Center has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 bones by 4 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 2,263 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Fen
    Jun 23, 2022
    Great place for people and pups!!!

    It was great. My dog loved it. So much room for him to roam. So many cool activities to do. Also the food was way better than I thought it would be.

  • Joe
    More than a 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!

  • April
    More than a 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!

  • Eve
    More than a 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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