Landsford Canal State Park
|Landsford Canal State Park|
Old Lock at Southern end of the canal
|Nearest city||Chester, South Carolina|
|Area||448 acres (181.3 ha)|
|Hiking trails||Interpretative Canal Trail|
|Other information||Picnic shelters, bird watching, canoeing, fishing|
Landsford Canal State Park is a South Carolina state park in Chester County, two miles (3.2 km) from US 21. The 448-acre (1.81 km2) park contains the ruins of the Landsford Canal built using slave labor to bypass rapids on the Catawba River 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 blooms from mid-May to mid-June. The park offers hiking, picnicking, boating, and fishing, as well as a playground.
|Canal Trail||1.5 miles||Easy|
|Nature Trail||0.6 miles||Easy|
|Eagle Point Trail||0.2 miles||Easy|
There are three trails, all of which originate at the picnic area.
The Canal Trail is the most popular trail and follows the Landsford Canal. Some original stonework and locks remain, and there are markers along the trail with illustrations of the original bridges and canals with information on the construction of the canal and its impact on the region.
The Nature Trail follow a stretch of the Catawba River, ending at a viewing area to see the Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies.
The Eagle Point Trail is the shortest of the trails and ends at a bluff overlooking the Catawba River.
Each of the trails has unique attributes, and hikers can expect to see frogs, turtles, snakes, and a variety of birds including a pair of resident bald eagles.
- Markwith, Scott H.; Scanlon, Michael J. (May 11, 2006). "Multiscale analysis of Hymenocallis coronaria (Amaryllidaceae) genetic diversity, genetic structure, and gene movement under the influence of unidirectional stream flow". American Journal of Botany. Botanical Society of America. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
- Landsford Canal information on South Carolina State Parks website
- South Carolina State Parks website
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