A broad river, rich history and rare, hardy wildflowers come together at Landsford Canal State Park. Stretched along the Catawba River along the South Carolina fall line, the park is home to the well-preserved remains of the canal system that made the river commercially navigable from 1820 to 1835. Locks, a mill site and the lockkeepers home are among the numerous intact structures from that era. Out in the river is one of the largest known stands of rocky shoals spider lilies, tough plants that hang tight in the swift water and bloom spectacularly in a huge blanket of white in late May and early June. An easy-to-walk trail along the river leads to a viewing deck. This crossable spot on the river (thats what a ford is, of course) also played a role in the Revolutionary War, as both British and American troops under Cornwallis and Sumter crossed here before and after pivotal battles. Fishing, picnicking, nature watching (including the resident pair of bald eagles) and studying the canal structures and the interpretive signage all are favorite activities at this park in the Piedmont.

Been here several times... easy hike/walk. I will definitely go back again... ❤

My favorite park in the area. I go here often. The trails are well maintained. Nice hike when you just need to get outdoors and clear your mind.

4 months ago

Worth a detour to get there. May try and go back in spring for Lilly bloom. Easy run.

Amazing scenery!!!!!

Wonderful day trip! Fun for all ages.
*Bring water shoes and a backpack.
(if you are willing to get a little wet) ;)

Family friendly, relaxing hike with interesting historical landmarks and views of the river along the way.

Great walk with kids. Little playground and picnic area, nice clean bathrooms, pretty view of the water.

Neat to see the canals, a bonus for the kids.

Good educational trail. It is an easy out and back trail, with informative signs along the way.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

beautiful for fall hiking

Friday, January 20, 2017

Beautiful park.

Great views and well marked trails. Always friendly people as well.

Great place easy routes

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Great short trail! Learned about some history with signs along the way. The canal trail connects to the Nature trail near where there is supposed to be a good view of the spider lilies, although they weren't in bloom (July). Just up from there, along the nature trail, you can hop off the path (it's obvious where as others have) and see the water. I hopped across a few rocks and sat there to read. Very peaceful. Not a lot of hiking traffic today, which was nice. Glad I found this little gem. I'll be back! :)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Great hike along the river with a little history thrown in too. Added bonus if you go when the lilies are blooming.

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Saturday, April 02, 2016

love this place for the history, beauty, and easy hiking - just wish it was larger.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Awesome fall hike

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Scenic, historic, mild, hike on flat ground. Kids would be able to do this one. Area is both rich in history and ecology.

It's great to start at the Fort Mill access dam or the Riverwalk Park in Rock Hill and travel down the river. It's about a day trip if the water was recently released off the Wylie dam (check Duke Power release times), but the views are worth it. It's like looking from a different point of view traveling down the river and seeing it from a kayak for 7 hours. The best time to take the trip is late May/early June when the Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies are in full bloom. It's definitely a treat!

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