Stretched along the Catawba River on the South Carolina fall line, Landsford Canal State Park is home to the well-preserved remains of the canal system that made the river commercially navigable from 1820 to 1835.
The Catawba River is home to the largest known stand of the rocky shoals spider lilly, a flower species found predominantly in the Southeast. Peak bloom season for the rocky shoals spider lily is during May and June.
Favorite activities in this Piedmont park include picnicking, nature watching and studying the canal structures. Fishing is permitted along the Catawba River, and a paddling trail runs through the park for canoes and kayaks.
Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing in the Catawba River for several species of bass, crappie, bream, catfish, carp and gar. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.
Freshwater Fishing: Yes
Boating and Boat Access: Canoe access to the Catawba River is available at a drop off area near the park.
Playground Equipment: Yes
Picnic Shelters: Yes
Playground: Playground equipment is located in the main picnic area of the park.
Bird Watching: Bird watching is a popular activity on the park. The park has a resident pair of nesting bald eagles that can be viewed from the trail. It is also a neo-tropical migration corridor.
Interpretive Trails: The Canal Trail includes interpretive signs and carries hikers for 1½-miles (one-way) along the historic tow path of the canal which includes the foundations of an early 1800 mill site. This trail connects to a half-mile nature trail.
Eagle Point Trail is about 1/4 mile long and goes down the hill behind the museum.