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. Do it on your own during park hours, or go on a guided hike with a ranger at 10 am, Thursdays through Sundays, during lily season.


Lily Watch Update

May 17, 2024 

The water level has dropped and the spider lily plants are back to being visible. Many lost their flowers when submerged under the high water, but some flowers remain and the plants are showing their hardiness by holding onto every rocky shoal at the overlook. We expect that about 25% have yet to bloom, so we still may get a show later this spring.

May 16, 2024 

Probably between 50% and 75% of the spider lilies were blooming earlier in the week, but heavy rains have resulted in very high water levels. Unfortunately, as of today, most of the spider lilies are submerged and cannot be seen from the viewing platform. It is dangerous to go out on the Catawba River when the water level is this high, so we are urging visitors not to paddle, swim, or float on the river until the water levels go down. We will post another update here tomorrow.

May 9, 2024 

More than half of the spider lilies are now blooming! Heavy rains over the last week have resulted in high water levels, so our rangers are urging visitors not to paddle, wade, or float in the river because of dangerous currents. Please stay off the river until the water level is safe. The high water has submerged some of the spider lilies and affected the view, but you can still see a healthy blossoming blanket of white flowers from the viewing platform, making it worth walking the trail. Check back here for weekly updates!

May 2, 2024

About 25% of the spider lilies are blooming! You can now see them clearly from the lily viewing platform. The lilies are right on schedule, and we anticipate peak bloom to occur in about two weeks. Check back here for weekly updates every Thursday!

April 25, 2024 

A few spider lilies have bloomed! They are difficult to see from the riverbanks and viewing platform, but if you’re paddling on the river, you may see some. Fewer than 1% have bloomed, but soon those numbers will pick up. Continue to check in for weekly updates!

April 18, 2024

No spider lilies are blooming yet, but plenty of green growth has emerged from the rocky shoals and is visible from the overlook area. We anticipate seeing lily flowers start to bloom within the next couple of weeks. Check back here to see weekly updates posted every Thursday!

Lilyfest 2024

Lilyfest will be held on May 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Click here to learn more!  

The festival will include scheduled nature hikes, programs by the Catawba Nation, 20+ vendors, ice cream and snow cone trucks, food trucks, a coffee truck, music on the porch, and more.  Don't miss it!

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 the lily season and special savings!  Contact the park for more information.