The U. S. National Whitewater Center is a non-profit outdoor recreation facility for whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking which opened for public fee-based use on November 4th, 2006. Whitewater is formed in a Rapid, when a River 's gradient drops enough to disturb its Laminar flow and create Turbulence, i Rafting or whitewater rafting is a challenging recreational activity utilizing a Raft to navigate a River or other bodies of water Canoeing is the activity of paddling a Canoe for the purpose of recreation (also called a float trip Sport, or transportation. Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling a Kayak on a moving body of water typically a Whitewater river The Center is located on 307 acres (1. 24 km²) of land adjacent to the Catawba River, near the intersection of Hawfield Road and Moores Chapel Road in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (just outside of Charlotte). The Catawba River is a Tributary of the Wateree River in the U Mecklenburg County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina.
The creators of the Center were inspired by the Penrith Whitewater Stadium built for the 2000 Olympics. The Penrith Whitewater Stadium is located near Sydney, Australia. "I am proud and happy to proclaim that you have presented to the world the best Olympic Games ever The Center's primary feature is the world's largest and most complex recirculating artificial whitewater river. The river was designed by three-time Olympian Scott Shipley.
USA Canoe/Kayak, the National Governing Body for nine canoe and kayak racing sports, moved its headquarters to the nearby city of Charlotte in 2003. In 2007, the USNWC became an official Olympic Training Site for whitewater slalom racing. The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games Whitewater Slalom is a competitive sport where the aim is to navigate a decked Canoe or Kayak through a course of hanging gates on river rapids
The park contains over 12 million gallons of water.  The whitewater portion of the river has a total of 4000 linear feet of channel divided among the three courses. These channels contain Class II to IV rapids that can be navigated via canoe, kayak or a guided raft. River access to the Catawba provides for flatwater paddling. A 110-foot (34 m) conveyor lifts boats, complete with paddlers, from the bottom back to the Upper Pond in 60 seconds in a manner similar to a T-bar lift or a rope tow for skiers. A T-bar lift, also called T-bar, is a mechanised system for transporting skiers and snowboarders uphill along the surface of the slope A ski tow, also called rope tow or handle tow, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers and Snowboarders uphill 
In addition to the whitewater courses, there are numerous land facilities including about 11 miles (18 km) of wooded trails for mountain biking, hiking and trail running, a high ropes course, an elaborate climbing wall with numerous routes, a stage for live entertainment and special events. Mountain biking entails the Sport of riding Bicycles off-road often over rough terrain whether riding specially equipped Mountain bikes or hybrid road bikes A ropes course is a challenging outdoor Personal development and Team building activity which usually consists of high and/or low elements A climbing wall is an artificially constructed wall with grips for hands and feet used for Climbing.