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Landsford Canal State Park

Hike along and through the well-preserved ruins of the historic Landsford Canal. Situated along the Catawba River south of Rock Hill, the Landsford Canal State Park offers an excellent hiking trail that provides visitors with access to both natural and historic resources.

The TRACK Trail takes visitors past canal ruins, providing visitors with an incredible historical experience. The trail, and its site-specific brochure, allows visitors to learn what it may have been like to travel during the 1800s. The canal's guard lock, lifting locks, and mill site provide visitors with up-close views of stone structures that once helped canal boats traverse up and down the Catawba River.

The park is also home to a diverse population of plants and animals, and the trail brochures will help you discover the trees, birds, and other species that call the park home. Landsford Canal is also home to one of the largest known stands of the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily, a flowering species found in the southeast. Thousands of visitors come to the park each year when the flowers bloom.

Admission into the park is: $6 per adult (16 years an olders); $3.75 for seniors (65 and older); $3.50 for children ages 6-15; and free for children 5 and under.

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Location Details

Recreational Features: Picnic Tables, Fishing, Interpretive Programs, Birding, Photography
Amenities: Restrooms, Visitor Center
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality: Open all year

Adventures for Landsford Canal State Park

Hiking

Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.50
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
Hiking

Journey Along the Lansford Canal

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.50
The Landsford Canal opened in 1823 allowing for efficient transport between settlements along the Catawba River. As roads were often muddy and difficult to travel in this region, traveling by river was preferred and remained so until railways began their expanse. Use this brochure to explore what remains of the Landsford Canal and imagine what it was like to have a life on the river.
Hiking

Birds of Landsford Canal

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.50
Whether perching in the trees, wading in the shallows, flying overhead, or singing from the shrubs, many types of birds specialize in a life on or near the water. Use this brochure to see how many birds you can find on your hike today.
Hiking

The Need for Trees

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.50
By following the picture and textual clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, you will discover six of the more common trees found along the trail. During your adventure, you will learn about the need we, and other animals, have for trees and about the roles they play in the forest.

Directions

2051 Park Dr.
Catawba, SC 29704
Latitude: 34.788611000000
Longitude: -80.878611000000

Driving Directions:
I-77 Southbound: Take exit 77 to Highway 5 & 21. Turn left (south), travel 16 mi. to the Landsford Canal State Park sign and turn left. The park entrance is on the left.

I-77 Northbound: Take exit 65 to Highway 9. Turn rt. and travel 2 mi. to Hwy 223. Turn left on Hwy. 223 and travel 9 mi. to Hwy. 21. At Hwy. 21 turn left and travel 2 mi. to the State Park sign. Turn right and the park entrance will be on the left.

Partners

This TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership formed with the South Carolina State Parks, Landsford Canal State Park, and with funding provided by the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation: