US National Whitewater Center (aka Catawba Riverfront Park)

Great trail with some killer uphills. However, new construction has made it possible to bypass the hills. The trail follows the riverfront in various places and has an occasional tricky turn, one known as the “carpet”. This trail is one that kicks your butt regardless how many times you ride it. There is a fun downhill race course out in the open field that has large rolling mounds and is dual track.

 

New Directions! NORTH If coming from north of Charlotte, take I-85 south to I-485 west and then exit at Exit 12, Moores Chapel Rd. Take a left off of the exit, which will take you around two traffic circles. Take a right on Rhyne Rd., and an immediate left on to Belmeade Dr. Follow Belmeade Dr. for about 1 mile and look for the USNWC entrance on your left.

 

SOUTH If coming from the south (Gastonia), take I-85 north to I-485 west and then exit at Exit 12, Moores Chapel Rd. Take a left off of the exit, which will take you around two traffic circles. Take a right on Rhyne Rd., and an immediate left on to Belmeade Dr. Follow Belmeade Dr. for about 1 mile and look for the USNWC entrance on your left

 

$5 daily parking fee, $40 annual pass.

 

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