Spend the Weekend in Belmont

U.S. Whitewater Center

On the hunt for a weekend of outdoor adventure? If you can’t wait to hit the U.S. Whitewater Center, you should check out Belmont, N.C. and make a weekend of it. Belmont might seem like a quiet little town, but its got enough food, shopping and opportunities for outdoor exploration to keep you and your family or friends busy for days.

Here’s how you can spend your whitewater weekend with us:

On Your Way In

Drop your anchor (and your bags) at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Charlotte/Belmont@Montcross and stop in at Sammy’s Neighborhood Pub for dinner and perhaps a drink. Check out their fried greens beans with horsey ranch sauce and help yourself to one of their large selection of draft or bottled beers. And definitely don’t miss their Tarheel burger, which is topped with American cheese, mustard, chili, slaw and onion. Also recommended — for the adults — The Jailhouse; situated in Belmont’s former downtown jail, this spirits and cigar lounge offers the right cocktails, bar bites and more to end an evening.


Charge your battery with coffee or tea at local favorite Caravan Coffee & Dessert Bar. And as you stroll through historic downtown, take a walk along Main Street to the Happy Dog Café, Boutique and Spa to pick up a treat or a toy for your furry family member.


After a morning of rafting, zip lining, ropes courses, hiking or even mountain biking at the Whitewater Center, you’re going to be famished, so grab a table at The String Bean. You’ll love their selection of more than 200 beers and 400 wines and their fresh deli sandwiches and gourmet pizzas. Try their “Big Green Monster” fried green tomatoes and the delicious Angry Cow-Pig – an original burger topped with jalapenos, smoked onions and a ghost pepper jack cheese. Afterward, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and enjoying nature at the 380-acre Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, where you can stroll under the West Pergola, enjoy the beautiful Canal Garden and shop the work of local artists at the Garden Store. From the Garden’s hiking trails, connect with the new 2.8-mile Seven Oaks Preserve Trail, part of the Carolina Thread Trail … that is, if you’re up for a longer stint in the outdoors.


For dinner, stop at Belmont’s The Captain’s Cap, where you can indulge in fresh catfish, deviled crab and homemade onion rings. Finish the evening with a stroll down Main Street to Nellie’s Southern Kitchen for one of their luscious desserts. Make sure you try the homemade carrot cake, the chocolate pecan pie or Nellie’s banana pudding — mouth-watering southern favorites that you cannot miss!

Before You Leave

Take a hike at Rocky Branch Park, where you’ll find 40 acres of beautiful outdoors and 1.5 miles of hiking and biking trails. Need a quick bicycle tune-up before bidding farewell? Make a pit stop at South Main Cycles for any cycling needs.

Belmont's Hampton Inn by Hilton

820 Cecilia Alexander Dr.
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 825-6100

Sammy's Neighborhood Pub

25 S. Main Street
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 825-4266

The String Bean

106 N. Main Street
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 825-4472

Happy Dog Cafe, Boutique and Spa

26 N. Main Street #1
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 825-5987

Caravan Coffee & Dessert Bar

7 S. Main Street
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 829-7711

Rivermen Brewing Company

52 Ervin Street
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 266-0262

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 825-4490

Seven Oaks Preserve Trail

6900 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC 28012

The Captain's Cap

670 Park Street
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 825-4103

Nellie's Southern Kitchen

36 N. Main Street
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 396-7169

Rocky Branch Park

Woodrow Avenue & Sacco Street
Belmont, NC 28012

South Main Cycles

4 N. Main St.
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 825-8585