Landsford Canal State Park in South Carolina is home to nearly 450 acres of natural and historical areas for visitors to explore. The park has a trail that runs 1.5 miles near the canal, where visitors can enjoy views of wildlife and beautiful flowering plants native to the region.
The Catawba River is home to the largest known spread of the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily, which is predominantly found in the Southeast U.S. Peak blooming season runs from May to June, and visitors to the park can walk the canal trail and see the stunning lilies. Between December and May, visitors to the park have a chance to spot bald eagles nesting in the area.
For whitewater boating, the river often fluctuates from very low to very high, which can pose hazards and difficulties for kayakers and paddlers. Low currents may cause boats to strike rocks and other debris; high currents cause stronger waves, which may lead to more water entering your boat and potentially capsizing it. Paddlers are encouraged to check the park’s website or the national USGS site for detailed river information.
Visitors to Landsford Canal State Park can also fish; the Catawba River has several species of bass, crappie, bream, catfish, carp, and gar. A valid fishing license for South Carolina is required. There is also a boat access ramp for boating. Admission to the park is $5 per adult ages sixteen and over, and $3 for children ages six through fifteen. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas within the park, on the condition that they’re under physical control—on a short leash or in a crate—at all times. Aggressive dogs or dogs who bark excessively are not permitted in the park. As with any other outdoor area or park, always clean up after yourself and your pet. Remember to bring waste bags and plenty of water for your pet.
From taking in the sights of bald eagles or beautiful lilies to fishing, hiking, or boating, Landsford Canal State park is a spot you can’t miss.