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Keeping the River: Catawba River Activities and Recreation

Our series of articles about getting outside in the Charlotte area to be active on the Carolina Thread Trail network and Catawba River is presented in partnership with local orthopedic-care provider OrthoCarolina.


Queen City Nerve presents Keeping the River, a three-part podcast series powered by OrthoCarolina and hosted by Dr. Keith Cradle, founder of Camping with Cradle.

On Episode 3, Keith chats with Adam Bratton of Human Powered Movement and Vanessa Covington, program director for the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation about recreational activities, both solo and guided on the Catawba River.


Episode 1 of Keeping the River told the 10,000-year history of the Catawba River, from its earliest settlement by members of the Catawba Indian Nation to its role in historic wars to the contemporary battle over coal ash

In Episode 2, Keith sat down with Brandon Jones, just the fifth person to ever carry the title of Catawba Riverkeeper for the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. Jones was brought on with the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in 2017 to serve as director of technical programs, eventually succeeding previous Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins. 

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Grab a kayak and float from the South Fork River to downtown Cramerton for a brewery trip complete with ice cream before shuttling back to the put-in. That, plus a ton of other tips and tricks for getting the most out of your river trip.

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