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(Beginner Mountain Bike Ride) US National Whitewater Center

  • Dec 21, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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Ride length: 6 miles total (loop configuration)

Ride difficulty: Beginner (some hill climbs, roots, rocks and other minor technical obstacles)

Pace: easy (social) 5-6 mph pace

Start time: 3:00 PM

Duration: ~1.5 hours

Terrain: dirt (single track)

Location: Charlotte, NC

Bikes suitable for this ride: mountain bikes

Parking fee: $5 per car

We'll meet on the sidewalk near the restrooms at the Adventure Pavilion (see facility map below) and start our ride at 3:00 PM. Our ride will be on the (Green) beginner "Lake loop" trail (3 miles long). We will do 2 to 3 laps.

** This trail is the easiest beginner tail in the Charlotte area. First time mountain bikers welcome **

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."


"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"



• Terrain: Our ride will be on all dirt single track.

• 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.


USNWWC Facility Map

USNWWC Trail Map

US National Whitewater Center website


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  • Cynthia S.

    We had a great time thanks Vick!

    1 · December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am not sure I can make it. I will know for certain tomorrow morning.

    December 20, 2013

  • Tony

    Finally get some good weather :). Too bad I will be out the state these next two weekends or I would join ya

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • Vick F.

    Sorry for the late notice. The forecast hasn't been good for Saturday until now. I hope folks can make it!

    December 19, 2013

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