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.

Nice easy trail to take our dog

Interesting history

Easy hike. Interesting history

Great park! The trails are kept you very nicely and have sand gravel for easy traction. No hills so even grandma can come. Make sure to check out the historic sight and come during spring when the canal is filled with blooming flowers.

Super fun place to go check out! I recommend checking this place out while you're blazing the trails along the canal.

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

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Amazing scenery!!!!!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

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.

Lovely trail.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

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

hiking
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!

hiking
Monday, May 25, 2015

Great beginner hike especially in late May. Spider lilies were beautiful.

walking
Saturday, May 23, 2015

It's an easy walk but the view of the river and the ruins make it worth while. There are a lot of fun little side paths too, these will just give you a different view of whatever ruin you have come across. If you are going to kayak and be out with the spider lilies, you're in for a breath taking scene.

birding
Friday, May 22, 2015

Great place especially when the endangered rocky shoals spider lily is in bloom. There is also an active bald eagle nest where you can see fledgling eagles.

hiking
Saturday, February 14, 2015

It is a great park, but it is NOT located in Catawba, that is only a mailing address. All the ruins are located (and all the trails) in Chester County. The Lock Keepers House was moved from Great Falls, also in CHESTER County. Lancaster County is on the other side of the River, you can see Landsford Canal from there. That said, the Chester part of Landsford Canal has some really nice, easy walking trails and about every time I go I get to see the bald eagles. Come visit Chester County's Landsford Canal.

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