For many Charlotteans, the U.S. National Whitewater Center is their go-to place for whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and tackling a ropes course. But with all of the beautiful landscape and it’s close proximity to city center, it’s also the perfect place to hit the trails.
No matter your activity of choice, you can visit the USNWC for a workout. Their trails span across 1,300 acres and are open to hikers, runners, and bikers. If you want to plan your route before you go, you can check out their trail map here.
Here are 6 reasons to hit the trails:
You can work out on your time.
Free workout? Yes, please! Whether you want to stay for thirty minutes or for three hours, it’s an added bonus that you can stay as along as you’d like without paying additional money for the experience. You can even make your workout a double and stick around for a free class from the USNWC yoga series.
Please note that while it’s free to use the trails, you do have to pay the $6 parking fee (or purchase an annual parking pass for $50).
You can bring your dog.
As if you weren’t already convinced, this reason should seal the deal. In our opinion, the only thing better than working out is working out with your dog. Imagine how happy your furry friend will be when you bring them along for the ride.
While USNWC is a pet-friendly facility, dogs must be secured with a leash at all times. Also, make sure to come prepared with plenty of water and supplies to clean up after your pet.
It can be as difficult or as leisurely as you choose.
The trails at the USNWC are versatile. Whether you’re looking for an active rest day or looking to work up a sweat, you can make your workout as easy or hard as you please. Their 40 miles of trails range in difficultly similar to a ski resort as follows:
- Green trails — Novice and moderately difficult
- Blue trails — Intermediate and highly difficult
- Black — Advanced and extremely difficult