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Parkway Loop - U.S. National Whitewater Center, NC

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 634 feet
Elevation Gain 129 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1-1.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.65
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Sun  7:20am - 5:12pm
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by Steph_and_Blake

Located west of Charlotte, N.C., the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is "dedicated to the promotion of the active lifestyle". The USNWC offers kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, ropes courses, stand-up paddle boarding, zip lines, yoga, and 30-miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. The whole place was buzzing with excitement and adrenaline.

We had the intention of hiking one of the longer and more serpentine trails, but it had been raining in previous days and those trails were closed to all activity. So, we chose the only one available - the Parkway Loop. The Loop starts on the sidewalk leading from the main building to the parking area and quickly veers off to the left and down an embankment to a dirt and gravel trail (if going in a clock-wise direction). Mostly single-track, but sometimes wider, the trail oscillates between skirting the parkway and detouring into the trees. The elevation gain is generally barely noticeable. At the halfway mark you cross the parkway and hike down the other side, again weaving in and out of the woods. On this second half of the loop there are a few tempting side trails leading off into meadows and deeper into the trees. But, drat, they were roped off.


The Parkway Loop is easy to follow, family-friendly, and a place to stretch your legs and get a bit of exercise. But, not much more. We suspect that the other trails would be far more interesting and challenging.

Steph_and_Blake
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    $6.00 entrance fee. From the center of Charlotte, get on I-277 North. Take North Old North Carolina Highway 1 headed northwest. Then get on I-85 South. Exit onto I-485 headed north. Exit onto to Moores Chapel Road and head west. Shortly turn right onto Belmeade Drive. Follow signs to Whitewater Center Parkway.
    page created by Steph_and_Blake on Jun 02 2018 1:21 pm
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