Landsford Canal State Park

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Landsford Canal State Park

South Carolina

(803) 789-5800

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Overview

The 448-acre Landsford Canal State Park is nestled in the Chester and Lancaster Counties of South Carolina and is a gorgeous place to visit. The Park hosts a broad river, an interesting and complex history and rare, pretty wildflowers. The park is stretched along the Catawba River and is found along the South Carolina fall line. Here, guests can see the well-preserved remains of the canal system that made the river easy to use for commercial navigation from 1820 to 1835. Other intact historical structures include locks, a mill site and the lockkeeper's home. There is also trail along the river that leads to a viewing deck. This crossable spot on the river was where both British and American troops under Cornwallis and Sumter crossed here before and after pivotal battles during the Revolutionary War. Take advantage of fishing, picnicking, nature watching (potentially for bald eagles!) and learning more about the canal structures.

Map of Landsford Canal (SC)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.785316, -80.895136

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoe access to the Catawba River is available at a drop off area.

  • Fishing

    Enjoy fishing in the Catawba River for several species of bass, crappie, bream, catfish, carp and gar.

    A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    The Canal Trail includes interpretive signs and carries hikers for 1½-miles (one-way) along the historic tow path of the canal which includes the foundations of an early 1800 mill site. This trail connects to a half-mile nature trail. Eagle Point Trail is about 1/4 mile long and goes down the hill behind the museum.

  • Picnicking

    A picnic shelter are available for family or other group gatherings. Each shelter may be reserved.

Directions

Driving

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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(803) 789-5800

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