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US National Whitewater Center Mtn. Bike (Intermediate) Ride

  • May 24, 2013 · 5:30 PM
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Ride length - 8 miles total (loop configuration)

Ride difficulty: intermediate(some hills, technical obstacles and advanced sections)

Pace: easy (social) to moderate 5-7 mph pace

Start time: 5:30 PM

Duration: ~2 hours

Terrain: dirt (single track)

Location: Charlotte, NC

Bikes suitable for this ride: mountain bikes

Parking fee: $5 per car

We'll meet at the Adventure Pavilion (see facility map below) and start our ride at 5:30 PM. Our ride will be on the Blue intermediate main north/south trails, and the new east trail. Carpool where possible. If the USWWC trails are not open on Friday (May 24th), this ride will move to Renaissance Park Mountain Bike, 5005 Parkway Plaza Blvd. Charlotte, NC.

Trail Description: "The U.S. National Whitewater Center is home to some of Charlotte’s best trails. The USNWC offers over 20 miles of scenic woodland trails, river views, challenging climbs and exciting descents for riders of all ages and skill levels. The trail system is shared with hikers and runners and it’s difficulty is graded by color:

Green – beginner/easy, mostly flat trails
Blue – intermediate, slight elevation changes
Black – advanced, steep elevation changes

All riders are required to be equipped with a helmet and a mountain bike designed for steep single-track riding. If you have your own bike and helmet, you are welcome to enjoy the trails without purchasing an activity pass. If you need equipment (bike/helmet), simply purchase an AllSport, CoolSport, QuickSport or Sunset Pass. Trails may be inaccessible at times due to inclement weather, trail maintenance or scheduled events."


"Advanced level trail system. If you do not possess proficient technical skills, please hone your skills at one of the many beginner level trails (Col. Francis Beatty, North Meck, Fisher Farm Park, Lake Norman State Park). Check our trails tab for additional information and directions to other parks."

"The trail system has now been re-connected following construction of the USNWC. More miles to come, as a beginner level trail will be constructed over the winter of 2007/2008. Please check the web-site for upcoming trail days.

"Eighteen years ago the Tarheel Trailblazers began an effort to construct and maintain mountain biking trails at the current location of the US National Whitewater Center. In 2004 the USNWC organized and was granted a long term lease of the 307 acre property from MecklenburgCounty, ensuring the future security of the trail system. In 2006 the USNWC opened doors and began serving the mission to build stronger communities by promoting healthy, active outdoor lifestyles. The Trailblazers support the mission of the US National Whitewater Center. Not only is the Center a unique recreational resource available for our entire community, but the Center is committed to maintaining and improving the Whitewater trails and considers them one of the greatest assets of the Center. The Center's trail management efforts are supported by the continued volunteerism of the Tarheel Trailblazers, the Dirt Divas, REI, and others. Learn more about the USNWC at"


"Approximately 13 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.



  • Terrain: Our ride will be on all dirt single track, a technical sections.
  • Restrooms available at Adventure Pavilion near parking area. 
  • Please bring plenty of water and snacks if needed.
  • Bike helmets are mandatory on all rides. Also gloves and eye protection are highly recommended.
  • Trail may be closed during wet periods. If closed or a strong chance of thunderstorms, our ride will be rescheduled.



Carpool location for USNWWC parking:

Whitewater Middle School (10201 Running Rapids Rd., Charlotte, NC)

**To help out on parking fees, carpool for parking where possible. Meet at the middle school to carpool the ~2 miles to the USNWWC parking lot**


USNWWC Facility Map

USNWWC Trail Map

US National Whitewater Center website


How to get to USNWWC:

I-85 South to I-485 North (Inner). Get off at Moore's Chapel Road exit. Turn left to cross back over the highway. Continue on Mooore's Chapel for approx 2 miles. Turn left at the big sign for the National Whitewater Center (Hawfield Road). Follow the gravel road into the southeastern corner of the parking lot. Trail starts at the kiosk.


Phone or text Maurice at[masked], if running late or not attending (Day of ride ONLY, please)

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  • Brian

    Awesome weather for a trail ride. Great, fun group of riders. Can't wait to do it again! (without the multiple times my life flashed before my eyes!). ALways learn something from the group. Thanks!

    May 25, 2013

  • Maurice S.

    Great ride fellas, much fun, thanks for coming out for this one. See you next time.

    May 24, 2013

  • Pedro G.

    Weather was perfect for this great ride! Good company as always!

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bringing my dad's truck so Ican carpool sseveral bikes/people

    May 24, 2013

  • Bill M.

    New to this group but looking forward to it - I'll by the guy with a running shirt on. See you at the pavilion...good weather for a ride.

    May 24, 2013

  • Maurice S.

    Ok just spoke with the wwc, the trails are open today so lets ride. Expect some damp conditions on the trail since the area got around a 1/4" of rain last night. See you all at 5:30.

    May 24, 2013

  • Maurice S.

    As of now, the trails at the WWC are closed due to rain. I'll check the status throughout the day to see if they re-open by 4PM. If not, we'll try to ride out at Renaissance.

    May 24, 2013

    • Maurice S.

      Update: the website says the trails are open but by calling the park, the answering service says closed. Stay tuned, will keep you all updated.

      May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking to rent a bike from WWC. What time they close the renting services?

    May 23, 2013

    • Maurice S.

      Well the Outfitters Shop closes at 6:30PM this Friday and I imagine, but not sure, the bikes need to be returned by then. You can call and ask them tomorrow at[masked] ext. 203.

      1 · May 23, 2013

  • Brad P.

    I wish I could make it but I'm going out of town for the weekend.

    May 22, 2013

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