US National Whitewater Center North Trails

Mount Holly, North Carolina

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The North Trails at the US National Whitewater Center provide a very scenic and interesting route along the north end of the property. The trail travels through the woods under the Canopy Tour (opened in 2011) and then along the east end of the Whitewater Centers man-made river. Past the rushing rapids, the trail reenters the woods and follows the figure-eight loop. This winding circuit contains several bridges, boardwalks, and short, steep descents, which make it a technical trail for mountain bikers. However, hikers should have no trouble navigating the obstacles and rejoining the primary North Trail. From here, the path travels through a wetland area that is often filled with the sound of chirping frogs. The hike then contours up to a nearby ridge that provides views of the Catawba River to the west. The trail dives down to visit the river near the centers boat launch area and then weaves its way back under canopy zip-line platforms to conclude at the parking lot.

US National Whitewater Center: North Trails Professional Review and Guide

"The North Trails at the US National Whitewater Center provide a very scenic and interesting route along the north end of the property. The trail travels through the woods under the Canopy Tour (opened in 2011) and then along the east end of the Whitewater Centers man-made river. Past the rushing rapids, the trail reenters the woods and follows the figure-eight loop. This winding circuit contains several bridges, boardwalks, and short, steep descents, which make it a technical trail for mountain bikers. However, hikers should have no trouble navigating the obstacles and rejoining the primary North Trail. From here, the path travels through a wetland area that is often filled with the sound of chirping frogs. The hike then contours up to a nearby ridge that provides views of the Catawba River to the west. The trail dives down to visit the river near the centers boat launch area and then weaves its way back under canopy zip-line platforms to conclude at the parking lot."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Mount Holly
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: About 2 to 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Mount Holly; US National Whitewater Center Trail maps are available at the centers outfitter store for a small fee.
Driving Directions: Directions to US National Whitewater Center: North Trails

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May 2018