Landsford Canal State Historic Site is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Catawba, South Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.3 miles
49 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips



partially paved



wild flowers


5 months ago

Nice easy trail to take our dog

7 months ago

Interesting history

7 months ago

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

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) ;)

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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

Monday, April 10, 2017

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

Lovely trail.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

beautiful for fall hiking

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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

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! :)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Awesome fall hike

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.

Monday, May 25, 2015

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

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.

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.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Easy hike, pretty wildflowers and river. Go in late May or early June. Great kayak launch spot too.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

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.

paddle sports
Friday, August 24, 2012

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.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The trail is a typical trail in this region. The view of the river is nice. But you have to check it out when the spider lilies are in bloom, it is pretty amazing. They bloom in May-June. The hike to where the lilies bloom is about 1/2 mile down the trail.

Another option to view the lilies or this area in general is renting canoes and kayaks from Catawba River Expedition.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

trails are nice in spring and fall. LOTS or crowds there on weekends. Scenes of the river were very pretty

Sunday, August 21, 2011

a sweet little walk with a lot to look at; the intent had been to paddle, but after the storms, the water was too high.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Trail runs along the Catawba River and is also a getting off point for canoes and kayaks. There is also fishing along the shore of the State park. An easy hike in any season with historical markers and facts along the trail that make for an interesting and educational hike.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

An easy walk along the Catawba River in this S.C. state park. A little history about the canals and work projects that were designed to get the country out of the great depression. Very pretty when the Tiger Lilys are in bloom(check the calendar). They are among the rocks that rise out of the river. The park also a canoe landing there. We saw the Bald Eagle soar in and land high in it's perch.

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