Interpretive Trail

Landsford Canal State Park

(Chester, County)


Description: Starting from the picnic area you have a choice of three trails, the Canal Trail, the Nature Trail, and the Eagle Point Trail, each one offering something a little different. The main attraction is the Canal Trail, and you can start from either the picnic area, or the south entrance to the park. This easy, 1.5-mile walk follows Landsford Canal, which was built in the 19th century to bypass the rocky rapids of the Catawba River, and at one time this canal served as an important trading route between the foothills and coastal plain. Today, the remnants of the original canal stonework and "locks" that equalized the water can still be seen toward the south end of the trail.

You can also start the paved Nature Trail at the picnic area and follow the banks of the Catawba River. This is a peaceful walk with just the sound of the water tumbling over rocks, and songs of many birds. Check with park personnel about seeing nesting eagles during your walk. The Nature Trail ends at an overlook where you can view the Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies when in bloom.

The short Eagle Point Trail also starts at the picnic area, and ends at a bluff overlooking the Catawba River.

Another feature of the park is the lock keepers house, which serves as an interpretive center. Information about the canal and a model depict how the locks controlled the water level as boats passed through the canal.

Restrooms and water are available in the picnic ground.

You can also start from the park and paddle part (approximately 6.5 miles) of the Catawba River Trail.

Length: Canal Trail 1.5 miles, Nature Trail (Paved) 0.6 mile, and Eagle Point Trail 0.2 mile

Difficulty: Easy

Dog Friendly: Yes

Fees: Admission

Directions: From Exit 65 on Interstate 77 in Chester County, drive east on SC 9 for 1.2 miles and turn left (northeast) onto SC 223. After approximately 6.5 miles, SC 223 will end at US 21. Turn left, drive 1.6 miles and turn right onto Landsford Road (Chester County S-12-327). Drive 1.5 miles, turn left on Park Road (S-12-600) and continue to the main park entrance (Entrance #1). If you continue on Landsford Rd. for 1.3 miles you can turn left for a secondary entrance (Entrance #2).

Camping: No Camping. 

Park Information: Landsford Canal State Park, 2051 Park Drive, Catawba, SC 29704 / (803) 789-5800

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