Landsford Canal State Park is a 3.1 mile out and back trail located near Catawba, South Carolina and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 72 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

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swift water, rocky shoals and tons of lilies in the spring !! This 460 acre park is well maintained and has the remains of a historic path that bypassed the rocky shoals of the Catawba River. It features ruins of canal-culverts, stone bridges, locks, an historic mill site and a lockkeepers house. The shoals are home to one of the worlds largest populations of rocky shoals spider lilies which are usually in full bloom from late April to June. There is a viewing area for the lilies along the trail which closely follows the banks of the river.

hiking
muddy
6 days ago

Great little hike. Took the nature trail side out and the canal trail side back. No steep elevation changes so it’s a pretty easy 3 miles. Lots of information signs on the canal throughout the trail.

walking
fee
2 months ago

Really great trail, especially with kids and dogs. Easy walk. There is a small fee to get in, so have cash. There’s also lots of picnic tables, bathrooms and a playground so you can make a fun afternoon of it. We plan to come back quite often!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Highly enjoyed

hiking
4 months ago

well maintained & marked. beautiful views.

muddy
over grown
6 months ago

love coming here for a short stroll through the woods with my son. it can be a beautiful walk during the right time of the season. we used a jogging stroller on this trailer, there are a few areas of roots but generally pretty easy on the one trail to the left going in. the one on the right closer lock is still manageable but has more roots in the trail in some areas which can be annoying. beware, as the trail can be a little muddy after rain as well.

hiking
Sun Jun 02 2019

Easy trail. Loved learning some history along the way. May/June is a great time to go because the Spider lilies are blooming. Lots of picnic tables and grills to enjoy post hike.

hiking
Wed May 29 2019

Nice short hike... lucked into the blooming lilies which was an interesting sight. If you are a history buff, you will enjoy the old canal paths— it’s fascinating to think about how this area looked a couple of hundred years ago.

hiking
Sun Apr 29 2018

Easy hike. Interesting history

hiking
Sat Apr 21 2018

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.

hiking
Sun Oct 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.

Sun Oct 08 2017

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

hiking
Mon Aug 28 2017

Amazing scenery!!!!!

hiking
Mon Feb 27 2017

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

Fri Jan 20 2017

Beautiful park.

Sat Jun 18 2016

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

hiking
Sat Apr 02 2016

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

walking
Sat 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.

hiking
Tue Jul 29 2014

Easy walk. The ruins from the old locks and canal system are breathtaking. The lilies are pretty cool too.

hiking
Mon Mar 18 2013

Great short trail. Lots of small wild life! The trail itself was kept up very well. Loved seeing the old canal walls grown over in moss and ferns! Plus the waterfronts were very lovely!

walking
Wed Mar 13 2013

Great leisurely walk w/dogs or children. Mostly level w/good river views.

paddle sports
Wed Jul 25 2012

Be sure to kayak through the rocky shoals spider lilies when they are blooming. Beautiful experience!

hiking
Mon May 28 2012

A nice leisurely path along the Catawba river shoals. We went to see the spider lilies and got there in the afternoon (park closed at 8pm). The lilies were a little past the peak. To really see them well you need to be out on the water (kayaks and canoes allowed) or bring a pair of binoculars. It may have been because of the time of year (spider lily blossoms) but the park was charging $5 /person to get in. A bit high in my opinion for what they had to offer.

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