Travel & Transportation

Visas: Some athletes and teams will need entry visas to visit the United States. To aid in the visa application process, USA Canoe/Kayak will draft a personalized letter of invitation for athletes and delegates, who will add this to the materials they present to the consulate or embassy. To obtain an invitation letter, the federation may write to:

Customs Quotas & Regulations: Limits are set on the import of certain goods into the United States. All passengers arriving on an international flight will be asked to declare which goods they are bringing, and may be taxed on their items.

Embassies & Consulates: Your embassy will be able to offer assistance in case you encounter difficulty while you are in the United States. You may find a list of international embassies in the United States on the U.S. Department of State website.

International Airports: The recommended airport of the 2015 ICF Junior Wildwater World Championships is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  This airport is relatively close to the venue, is able to accommodate kayaks, and often offers affordable rates from many international destinations. For directions from the Atlanta Airport to the event venue (Nantahala Outdoor Center) click HERE.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Atlanta, GA
Drive time to NOC: 3 hrs (180 miles) ŸAuto Rental

Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, NC
Drive time to NOC: 3 hrs (185 miles) ŸAuto Rental

Asheville Regional Airport, Asheville, NC
Drive time to NOC: 1.5 hrs (81 miles) ŸAuto Rental

Transportation: Renting a car is the recommended method of travel in Western North Carolina. Because this is a rural area with little public transportation, athletes will need their own transportation to have the best possible experience during their stay in the United States. Car rental is available at all major airports. Please see airport information, above, for links to this information. For information about public transit in this area, visit: or call 828.488.3213

Shuttles – Arrival

Shuttles – Departure

Athlete shuttles are free per person, but boat transport will cost $50 per boat (round trip). Please email for more information regarding athlete shuttles.