Gaston County Gives You The Great Outdoors & The Equipment To Enjoy It!

Summer campers participate in high adventure activities at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC. The USNWC is a non-profit outdoor recreation center on 400 acres adjacent to the Catawba River. The whitewater center is an athletic training facility for whitewater rafting and whitewater slalom racing, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking. The primary feature of the USNWC is the world's largest and most-complex recirculating artificial whitewater river, which was designed by Scott Shipley, a three-time Olympian.

Gaston County is an international destination for outdoors enthusiasts. Professional athletes and weekend warriors go to Gaston County to climb, ride, paddle, swim, zip, hike, and about any other activity you can think of. Rivers, mountains, parks, and Olympic training centers are all available for you to experience. 

Almost every outdoor activity needs some kind equipment to make them safe, comfortable, or competitive. Thank goodness Gaston County has many retailers who can expertly outfit you for your adventure, race, or help you achieve your personal best. 


Outfitters at the U.S. National Whitewater Center offers a variety of adventure equipment and apparel geared towards those who live the active, outdoor lifestyle. Our new 5,000 square foot retail floor features over 40 outdoor brands, including Astral, Black Diamond, Mountain Khakis, Patagonia, Salomon, and many others. Whether you’re looking for outdoor clothing for the upcoming season or camping equipment for your next backcountry adventure, Outfitters has you covered.

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway  Charlotte, NC 28214

Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop

Ride-A-Bike has been serving cyclists and promoting cycling in North Carolina since 1981. We are proud to be one of the oldest bicycle shops in the entire state! In 2015 we moved from our original shop in Lincolnton NC, to our present location in downtown Gastonia NC. Leaving Lincolnton was not an easy decision, but we had an opportunity we couldn’t ignore. Ride-A-Bike supports all types of cyclists by providing quality service and products. We stock new bicycles from Marin, Jamis, and Dahon. Other niche brands are available through special order. Ride-A-Bike has a full-service repair department with experienced mechanics. We can keep your bicycles in peak condition at competitive rates. Stop by our store in downtown Gastonia, we look forward to seeing you in person!

140 E Main Ave, Gastonia, NC 28052

Sun’s Up Scuba

If it’s wreck diving off the North Carolina Coast or reef diving with green sea turtles in St. Thomas, we love it all!

Our shop began out of that love and appreciation of scuba diving. A husband and wife team – he loved diving, and she loved to travel, so with a dream to do something different, Sun’s Up Scuba became a reality.

Located in The Shops at South Fork Village, we are a full-service dive instruction, destination travel, equipment, and service facility.

900 S Fork Village Dr, Belmont, NC 28012

South Main Cycles

South Main Cycles emerged from a life-long passion for the joy of cycling. We are first and foremost cyclists who participate and enjoy all disciplines and levels of the sport. From hardcore endurance mountain bike racing to local criteriums to group road rides to greenway cruising with the kiddos – we’re into it all, and we are here to help you in your pursuit of the joy that accompanies a great day on two wheels. The beauty of cycling is that virtually everyone can enjoy it, and it’s our mission to help you on your personal cycling journey where ever that may lead you.

4 N Main St, Belmont, NC 28012

Catawba River Outfitters

We’re excited to be your source for outdoor gear and lifestyle apparel in downtown Belmont!

”The brands we’ve put together of men’s and women’s clothing, outdoor gear, and fun finds are so unique. We’re psyched to show it off. I think all of Belmont is going to be impressed with the transformation of the store, it looks both cool and updated but honors its historical roots at the same time”. 

6 N. Main St. Belmont, NC. 28012

Patriot Jacks Outfitters

Patriot Jacks Outfitters was founded (Sept 2010) on the principle of offering quality outdoor products to our customers with the highest level of customer service possible. We do this because we were once our customers. We know what it is like to have to shop around different places for our gear, and have to wait forever for our orders to arrive. It is our goal to provide our customers will the highest level of service while maintaining our family-friendly atmosphere that our customers have grown to love. 

832 E King St, Kings Mountain, NC 28086

The Great Outdoors

We have a large selection of Fishing Supplies, Bows, Archery Supplies, Firearms, and Shooting Supplies, and we are also a Certified MinnKota and Motor Guide Repair Center.

112 N Cherry St, Cherryville, NC 28021

Gaston County offers visitors a variety of attractions to enhance your trip including museums, botanical gardens, extreme sports, hiking, dining and entertainment parks, art and history and more.