Landsford Canal State Park, Catawba

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Landsford Canal State Park is a South Carolina state park located in Chester County, two miles (3.2 km) from US 21. The 448acre park contains the ruins of the Landsford Canal built to bypass rapids on the Catawba River using slave labor between 1820 and 1825. The coming of the railroad caused the canal to be abandoned. The former lock-keeper's house contains an interpretive museum. In addition to the canal, visitors also can see one of the largest remaining stands of Hymenocallis coronaria, the Shoals spider-lily, that grows in the shoals of the river, and bloom mid-May through mid-June. The park offers hiking, picnicking, boating, and fishing.
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  • Great trail along the canal. Easy hike. Play equipment for kids. Covered picnic tables and grills. If you are looking for a pleasant day outdoors with kids and pets, this is for you. In May you can se...  more »
  • Good drop in for kayaking as long as no heavy rains have come down. Small hiking trails and lots of history.  more »
  • The park is mostly known for the beautiful Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies that bloom in great abundance in the late Spring. It takes a little hike to see them, but these one day bloomers are well worth th...  more »
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  • Restrooms were clean, playground looked fun and the park was well kept. Things to see: 1. Canal ruins of course (1-2 mike hike to the high walled section) 2. Bald Eagle‚Äôs Nest (on the nature trail) 3. Carving of the Native American (gift shop)
  • Great place for a family day, couples fun or simply a little alone peacefulness! Great scenery & perfect for picnics! I prefer to visit the quieter side of the park, simple&sweet! Perfect for yoga and meditation!! Enjoy Nature and the South at its Best!!
  • Beautiful Park and trails. The playground is great for kids and it's also pet friendly. Multiple sites for cook outs and really pretty river views. The old canal structure can also be seen from the trails.
  • Will have to come back when the air is fresh. Beautiful park to visit but they were burning nearby so air quality was bad. Will plan a visit in May when the lilies are blooming.
  • Very cool historical hike along the river. Decent playground, picnic shelters with grills. Along the trail there are benches to eat at or, like we did, make your way onto a river island. Very few hikers on a Saturday. Easy flat gravel trails. Bathrooms at the trail head. Need 2 or 3 bucks cash to park. Overall veru cool, will definitely go back.
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