Landsford Canal State Park is home to the world’s largest population of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies. Paddling is an excellent way to view these beautiful flowers that bloom each year along the Catawba River from May through mid-June.
The canoe trail put-in is located near the ranger station and trailhead, off of Park Dr.
The Take-out is at the southern end Landsford Canal State Park, off of Canal Rd.
Enjoy a beautiful paddle through the largest colony of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies, all within Landsford Canal State Park. During peak season, which is May through mid-June, the white lilies cover the shoals from one bank to the other. The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily gets its name from the way it grows on the shoals in the river. The paddle is suitable for those with some paddling experience because of the many shoals and small rapids that must be navigated throughout the trip.
Landsford Canal State Park hosts Lily Fest everywhere during the blooming season.