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Landsford Canal State Park
Copyright: - South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Landsford Canal State Park
Description - Landsford Canal, the best preserved of numerous 19th century South Carolina river canals, has remnants of all its major structural features. It is the uppermost of four canals constructed on the Catawba Wateree river system during the period 1820-1835. The 460-acre park includes the remnants of 1820 canal-culverts, stone bridges, locks, historic mill site and a lockkeeper's house which contains interpretive exhibits about the canal system in South Carolina. The rocky shoals on the Catawba River are home to one of the world's largest populations of rocky shoals spider lilies. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic canal tours are offered on Sundays, year-round. There is a 1-mile nature trail and a 1 1/2-mile canal trail. Canoe access to the Catawba River is available. The park also has a picnic shelter, and a log cabin meeting facility for up to 60 people. Enjoy fishing in Catawba River for catfish, bream, largemouth bass, carp and gar. The shoals also provide excellent fishing opportunities for largemouth bass and bream. The Catawba River for offers fishing for catfish, bream, largemouth bass, carp and gar.

Recreation - This park offers opportunities for viewing the historic canal and surrounding sites. It also offers fishing, walking, picnicking, and canoe access.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - Landsford Canal State Park is 15 miles west of Lancaster off US 21.

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Filed By: Sandy McBride (Amarillo, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I first saw the acres of water lilies in the canal on June 10. They were so beautiful and peaceful looking, despite the rapid water. Some visitors and their children were walking out to the shoals. Hint: We parked in the area at the other end of the trail where there are no restroom facilities or water. After walking to the overlook (which is about mid-point), I needed the restroom facilities at the beginning of the trail so I had to hike to and from the overlook and back to our car - it seemed like about 4 miles total, although it might have been less. I would highly recommend starting at the visitor's center/playground, take plenty of water with you to drink, and wear comfortable shoes. The spider lilies were the highlight of my week's vacation.

Filed By: Shelley (Rock Hill, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Don't miss this park in late May/early June for spectacular views of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies growing in the middle of the river. Lovely. Also, there is a bald eagle's nest halfway down the trail (ask a ranger). We were able to see the adult eagle in the tree. The trails are nice and well-groomed, picnic facilities and restrooms also good. Go on down past the spider lily stop for another 10-15 minutes of hiking. It's closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, and there is a suggested donation of $2/adult. One of our favorite spots to get outdoors without driving all day.

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Contact Information:
Landsford Canal, 2051 Park Drive , Catawba, SC, 29704, Phone: 803-789-5800

Additional Information:
Midlands Region - The Midlands Region of South Carolina includes the middle portion of the state, between the Upcountry to the northwest and the Low country to the southeast. It surrounds the city of Columbia.
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.

South Carolina Tourism - Official website of South Carolina Tourism


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