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Firewood Alert: Because of the seriousness of a potential infestation from the Emerald Ash Borer, we are requesting that no firewood be brought into South Carolina State Parks from outside of the state.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a destructive invasive exotic beetle that feeds on ash trees. Park campgrounds and picnic areas are the most likely areas for EAB introduction into South Carolina. We appreciate your help in protecting the natural resources of South Carolina and our State Park System.


Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Aug 04 2016   Later Dates


This 460-acre park includes historic ruins of canal-culverts, stone bridges, locks, a historic mill site and a lockkeepers 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 park offers picnicking facilities and a hiking trail.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Archeological Sites
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Cultural Activities
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing
  • Fishing River
  • Geological Formations
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Interpretive Waysides
  • Kayaking
  • Kiosk
  • Maintenance, Facility
  • Meeting Space
  • Museum
  • Nature Study
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Programs, History
  • Programs, Nature
  • Programs, Recreational
  • Ranger Station
  • Recreation Programs
  • Restrooms
  • River
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shelters
  • Telephone
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Walking
  • Water Access, River / Stream
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 10 Miles
  • Emergency Services
  • Fishing, Reservoir
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Reservoir
  • Retail, Bait and Tackle
  • Town
Less Than 20 Miles
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
Alerts and Important Information
Landsford Canal's buisiest season is around the peak bloom of the rare Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies, which occurs from around the second weekend in May to around the middle of June. 20 acres of this plant bloom at once, covering the river in a blanket of white. The viewing area is a 3/4-mile walk (one-way) down the historic canal trail. This is a day-use park. Park hours are 9AM - 6PM year-round. The park must be vacated by 6PM. Office hours are 11 AM to noon. Canoeing / kayaking is very popular during April to September. This section of river is class 1-2, it is moving water with many rocks and some small rapids. First-time boaters should check in with a ranger or call ahead for boating information. Water levels are dam-controlled and can change rapidly.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.78, -80.88139
34°46'48"N, 80°52'53"W

Landsford Canal is 15 miles west of Lancaster off US 21. From Columbia: take I-77 north to exit 65 to Highway 9. Turn right and travel 2 miles to Highway 223. Turn left on Highway 223 and travel 9 miles to Highway 21. Turn left and travel 2 miles to the State Park sign. Turn right and the park's entrance is on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

2051 Park Drive
Catawba  SC  29704

Phone Number:

Information:  (803)789-5800