Landsford Canal State Historic Site

Rock Hill, South Carolina

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A stroll along the scenic Catawba River, featuring wondrous wildflowers, a wide variety of birds, and historic canal structures. Landsford Canal is famous for wildflowers. Wildflowers found in the park include cardinal flower, Jack-in-the-pulpit, crane-fly orchid, spicebush, spiderwort, Solomon’s seal, fire pink, and yellow passionflower. The Catawba rapids feature the rare rocky shoals spider lily. A sign directs you to the left, up and down stairs, to the best viewing area for spider lilies. During May, the lilies’ peak blooming season, they seem to fill the river. Return to the trail, and farther along you encounter the canal’s locks, still impressive after more than 150 years. At the end of the canal trail, a bridge over the locks leads to a small picnic area and a boat put-in on the river. The stone bridge is interesting in and of itself, as it forms a flying arch.

Landsford Canal State Historic Site Professional Review and Guide

"A stroll along the scenic Catawba River, featuring wondrous wildflowers, a wide variety of birds, and historic canal structures. Landsford Canal is famous for wildflowers. Wildflowers found in the park include cardinal flower, Jack-in-the-pulpit, crane-fly orchid, spicebush, spiderwort, Solomon’s seal, fire pink, and yellow passionflower.

The Catawba rapids feature the rare rocky shoals spider lily. A sign directs you to the left, up and down stairs, to the best viewing area for spider lilies. During May, the lilies’ peak blooming season, they seem to fill the river. Return to the trail, and farther along you encounter the canal’s locks, still impressive after more than 150 years. At the end of the canal trail, a bridge over the locks leads to a small picnic area and a boat put-in on the river. The stone bridge is interesting in and of itself, as it forms a flying arch."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rock Hill
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Land Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2221 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205; (803) 734-9108
Local Maps: Catawba USGS quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Landsford Canal State Historic Site

Recent Trail Reviews

2/28/2007
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It is a calm, quite place to visit, maybe it will be more exciting when the spider lily season comes.



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May 2018