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Landsford Canal State Park

Landsford Canal  State Park

A broad river, rich history and rare, hardy wildflowers come together at Landsford Canal State Park.

Stretched along the Catawba River along the South Carolina fall line, the park is home to the well-preserved remains of the canal system that made the river commercially navigable from 1820 to 1835. Locks, a mill site and the lockkeeper’s home are among the numerous intact structures from that era.

Out in the river is one of the largest known stands of rocky shoals spider lilies, tough plants that hang tight in the swift water and bloom spectacularly in a huge blanket of white in late May and early June. An easy-to-walk trail along the river leads to a viewing deck.

This crossable spot on the river (that’s what a ford is, of course) also played a role in the Revolutionary War, as both British and American troops under Cornwallis and Sumter crossed here before and after pivotal battles.

Fishing, picnicking, nature watching (including the resident pair of bald eagles) and studying the canal structures and the interpretive signage all are favorite activities at this park in the Piedmont.


  • Must See: Yes
  • Civil War: Yes
  • Tour and Programs Information: Landsford Canal is a "DiscoverCarolina Site", which provides curriculum-based social studies and science education programs for South Carolina school children.


  • Admission: $5/adult; $3.25/S.C. senior; $3/children 6-15, children under 6 free.
  • Days and Hours of Operation: Daylight until dark, daily.
  • Office Hours: 11 a.m. - noon, daily


  • 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.
  • River Location: Yes
  • Counties: Chester & Lancaster
  • Acreage: 448
  • Miles to Nearest Hospital: 15
  • Miles to Nearest Town: 8
  • Miles to Nearest Grocery Store: 12


  • Charleston, SC: 165
  • Columbia, SC: 55
  • Florence, SC: 81
  • Greenville, SC: 98
  • Charlotte, NC: 40
  • Raleigh, NC: 175
  • Atlanta, GA: 250
  • Augusta, GA: 124


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Contact Information

2051 Park DR
Catawba,SC 29704
Phone: (803) 789-5800
York CountyCatawba