The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) has a deceiving name. Yes, there’s a world-class paddling facility. But there are also over 40 miles of buttery singletrack, open parks, climbing walls, and the Catawba River for upstream paddling.
Tuck Fest celebrates all of it.
Over a period of four days, there are races, clinics, workshops, and competitions. There’s no entrance charge to cruise the exhibitor tents and demos, and dance to the live music. But heads up for the $6 parking fee.
For a multisport weekend of competition, Tuck Fest does something cool. A one-time, flat rate fee of $40 (in advance) covers entry into all the competitions and races. With over 30 events based around trail running, biking, climbing, adventure racing, SUPing, kayaking, and more, the only limit is your lactic acid fatigue.
The exception to this flat fee is the Tuck Fest Deep Water Solo Climbing Comp, which is an elite invitational. The organizers do leave six spots open for wildcard entrants, but mostly plan to watch this one from the sidelines.
Regularly scheduled USNWC events continue throughout Tuck Fest. These include rafting, kayaking, climbing, ziplining, ropes courses, and jumping arenas. Day pass rates are $59 for adults.