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.

Lily Watch Update

May 27, 2021

As of May 27 we are in the thick of peak bloom as predicted. The peak should run for another 2-3 weeks.  After that, the number of older blooms versus new blooms will start to take some of the wow factor down. This will be the last lily update unless we get some significant storms and/or flooding. Thanks for keeping in touch with us!

May 20, 2021

The lilies at Landsford Canal are currently at about 50% bloom. This will keep them on schedule to be peak closer to the end of May and continue through mid June, barring any severe weather and/or river flooding.  The Mountain Laurel on the island just before the lily viewing deck, are still in bloom but fading.  On an unfortunate note, the eagles were not successful in producing young this year. This is a first in 25 years and is not uncommon in wild nests. We will keep a look out for them next winter.

May 13, 2021 

The lilies are about 10-15% of full bloom and improving daily.  Again, barring any strong storms or river flooding, we are estimating full peak should start in about two weeks and then continue for 2-3 weeks after, making the end of May to the first few weeks of June ideal viewing time.  As an aside, our Mountain Laurel is in full bloom, now. These are located on the island just north of the lily viewing area. As you walk the trail to the viewing deck look to your left just before the third bridge.

May 7, 2021

The first blooms of the season have appeared at Landsford Canal -- very few, but they have started blooming. This leads us to believe that peak bloom will be closer to the end of the month of May through the first few weeks of June.  We are at 1% bloom right now!

May 1, 2021

As of May 1, the lilies are looking good growth-wise, but do not have any blooms or flower buds right now. We should start to see the first buds and blooms within a week or so, and we can give an estimate of best times for peak bloom at that time. We are still leaning towards very light bloom for Mother’s Day Weekend with good blooms closer to Memorial Day, but check here for updates. 

More Information

Hours of operation: daylight until dark, daily.

Admission: $6 adults; $3.75 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3.50 child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.

Remember, you can purchase the ALL Park Passport at the park or online for unlimited admission during lily season and special savings!  Contact the park for more information.