FAQs

What does Tuck Fest mean?

The name “Tuck Fest” comes from the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail, a historical landmark located at the USNWC.  The ford is the first known crossing point along the Catawba River that was traveled by Native Americans and European settlers. The Ford allowed travelers coming from the western part of the state to reach the key intersection of the Tuckaseegee Trail and the great Trading Path, the area now known as Charlotte, N.C. As the area continued to grow, the Ford became a crucial crossing point for travelers and traders during and after the Revolutionary War. Located on USNWC property, Sadler Island is a visible reminder of the Tuckaseegee Ford and its historical significance.

How do I register for a race/competition? What if I want to participate in more than one?

Tuck Fest registration is a one-time flat fee of $35 that grants access to all races and competitions. After paying this fee, you may participate in as many Tuck Fest races and competitions as you’d like throughout the weekend. Race day registration will be available for $40.

Who can participate in Tuck Fest races/competitions?

Anyone who has paid the one-time registration fee (see above) can participate in our Tuck Fest races and competitions once they receive a participation bib. We do have age recommendations for certain races and competitions that can be found on the event pages.

Will the USNWC provide gear?

Each race/competition is different. See the specific description for details.

Is there a spectator fee?

There is no fee for spectators coming to watch the Tuck Fest events. Standard USNWC parking fees apply.

Does the Tuck Fest registration fee include participation in any USNWC activity?

Tuck Fest registration does not include any Day Pass activities. Guests must purchase a pass in order to participate in any of our land, flatwater or whitewater activities. Pass options can be found here: http://usnwc.org/activity-passes/.

How do I buy tickets for the music portion of Tuck Fest?

All of our concerts are free and open to the public.

Where are the closest accommodations? Is there on-site camping available at the USNWC?

For guests staying overnight, we recommend the Fairfield Inn Northlake and Hampton Inn Charlotte-Belmont, both partners with the USNWC. We do not have any on-site areas designated for camping. The McDowell Nature Preserve and KOA Charlotte are the closest camping sites.

How can I volunteer to help with the Tuck Fest weekend?

If you are interested in volunteering throughout the weekend, please contact us at racedirector@usnwc.org.

How can I participate as a vendor or event sponsor?

If you are interested in being a vendor or event sponsor during Tuck Fest weekend, please submit a form from the following page: Exhibitor Application Page

Will there be seating for live music?

We do not provide seating for our live music performances. Each stage will have a grassy area in front where guests are welcome to sit or stand. Guests may bring chairs and blankets as well.

Will the trails be open throughout Tuck Fest weekend?

Weather dependent, our trails will remain open to mountain bikers, hikers and runners throughout Tuck Fest weekend. As always, we recommend checking the USNWC website for trail status before visiting.

U.S. National Whitewater Center | 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway | Charlotte, NC 28214 | 704.391.3900 | info@usnwc.org

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