Landsford Canal State Historic Site is a 3.3 mile out and back trail located near Catawba, South Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
beautiful for fall hiking
Great views and well marked trails. Always friendly people as well.
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! :)
Awesome fall hike
Scenic, historic, mild, hike on flat ground. Kids would be able to do this one. Area is both rich in history and ecology.
Great beginner hike especially in late May. Spider lilies were beautiful.
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.
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.
Easy hike, pretty wildflowers and river. Go in late May or early June. Great kayak launch spot too.
Beautiful trail. Paths are very clear. The one that runs along the river is mostly paved. If you take Canal Trail it's about 1.5 miles total-one way. Nature Trail is the run that runs along the river. There are rocks in the river that I saw some people sitting on and crossing to get to the islands in the middle of the river. Overall it's a little more than 3 miles. If you walk fast it's a decent work out. Took me about an hour and a half to do the entire thing. That's with stopping to take photos whenever I wanted. Also, the Canal Trail takes you to the old part of the canal and its pretty cool to see the historic parts along the river as well. Took my dog (leashed) and saw lots of other dogs. Recommend for sure!
The Canal Trail at Landsford Canal State Park begins at the park's north entrance near the museum and interpretive center, once the lock keepers house. The trail can also be started at the south entrance to the park. The trail follows the Landsford Canal, built in the 19th century to provide a route around the rocky rapids of the Catawba River, and passes the remnants of the canal's original locks.
A short hike, but a good one to do in early May when the spider lilies are in bloom. Kayaking the river in May is even better, but be prepared to maneuver around some rocks, especially when the river is down.