Rocky Shoals Spider Lily

Landsford Canal State Park is home to the world’s largest population of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies. These beautiful flowers bloom each year along the Catawba River and can be viewed from the park from May through mid-June. A 1.5-mile, round trip hike down the Canal Trail takes you to an overlook where the spider lilies can be best viewed.

Lilyfest 2019 is scheduled for Sunday, May 19 from noon until 5 p.m.  Check below for lily blooming updates!


Lily Watch Update

June 14, 2019

The river has come down from flood stage, but is still very high and muddy. Today should be a scheduled recreational flow of around 3000 cfs but the river is over 12,000 cfs and not suitable for all paddlers. All lakes are still above target elevations and Duke is still indicating the need to move water downstream so it appears there will not be a recreational flow this weekend. With the lilies under severe water flows for multiple days we are sure there will not be any more than some scattered blooms from here on. As always, boaters should check the water levels before paddling. For more information and links to river gauges go to Landsford's frequently asked questions.


June 10, 2019

Due to some incredible rain amounts in the North Carolina mountains, Landsford Canal flooded. River levels are 15 feet above normal. This is very dangerous, and as such, until further notice, boating is prohibited from Landsford Canal State Park. With the water this high and fast it usually spells the end of flower season for the lilies; however, we will not know for sure until the river returns to normal levels. Please be safe around any area of the Catawba River for the next few days and stay off the water until levels return to normal. We will post when we return to safe levels. 

May 25, 2019

This last week of good weather and mild water levels has given the lilies the boost they needed. They are approaching peak with 80-90% in bloom. This will continue for the next 3 weeks or so barring any weather-related issues. This will be our last update this year.   Thanks for following along!

May 18, 2019

The lilies are starting to pop out!  They are around 30-35% of peak now, and they should be near 100% by the end of May. This will continue through mid-to-late June as long as weather does not give us any unusual conditions.  Paddling conditions are good on Friday, Saturday and Sundays due to recreational water releases.

May 10, 2019

Lower water and sun are helping the lilies progress. They have started to increase bloom numbers daily. Blooms will continue to increase daily but are only around 5-10% of peak. Still our best guess for peak bloom is around the third week of May through most of June. We will keep you updated on their progress here!

May 3, 2019

The first two blooms of the lily season happened this morning at Landsford Canal. This indicates that we are about 10 days behind schedule for peak bloom. We hope to see peak in two to three weeks. Stay tuned as we will post weekly updated on their progress. On another note, our nesting eagle pair had two young this year. These babies could be leaving the nest in the next week or so. Keep a sharp eye out when hiking at Landsford Canal.

April 23, 2019

Due to excessive amounts of rain, and high water level of the Catawba River, the lilies are still under water and cannot be seen.  Our speculation is that high water levels may have bloom a bit behind due to the lack of sun, but we will not know anything for sure until we can actually see the plants. While we can not predict for sure, the lilies should start blooming in a couple of weeks.  Stay tuned for more information and updates.

More Information

Hours of operation: daylight until dark, daily.

Admission: $5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3 child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.

Remember, you can buy your park passport at the park for unlimited admission during lily season and special savings!  Contact the park for more information.