The Canal Trail is a beautiful out-and-back trail that’s 1.5 miles long and mostly flat, making it perfect for a leisurely stroll with your pup insde the Landsford Canal State Park! The trail follows the historic Landsford Canal, which was built in the 19th century to provide ships with a way to bypass the rapids on the Catawba River. Dogs are welcome to join you on this furrific trail on leashes that are six feet or shorter.
The Canal Trail begins at a scenic picnic area, and parking is also available right by this picnic pavilion. As you walk along the Canal Trail, you’ll get pawsitively amazing water views, and you’ll also get to see the remnants of the canal’s original stonework. You’ll also pass the remains of the ‘locks’ that were once used on the canal. Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the many different bird species that live in and around the canal, including ospreys, bald eagles, and warblers.
The Canal Trail is busiest from May to June, when the park’s rocky shoal spider lilies are in bloom. Landsford Canal State Park has a huge population of these rare flowers, which grow along the banks of the Catawba River. Be sure to look out for these lovely flowers as you’re walking.
When entering Landsford Canal State Park, you’ll need to pay a small entrance fee. This fee is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages six to fifteen, and $3.25 for seniors 65 and over who are residents of South Carolina. Bring along any essentials, including water to share with your thirsty pup, and clean up bags.
If you’re looking for a fun place to take a trek with your pup, the Canal Trail is perfect for you.