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 12, 2022

As of today, the stable water levels and lack of storms have allowed the lilies to really prosper! We are entering peak now and barring any strong evening storms and/or high water events, we should be entering the four weeks of peak here at Landsford. We will not be posting any future updates unless there is a severe event we need to make you aware of. Come out and enjoy one of the amazing things Mother Nature has to offer here in South Carolina!

May 5, 2022

As of May 5, the lilies appear to be approaching 50% bloom. There are lots of blooms, but also lots of open areas with no blooms. The very warm weather and low water levels are pushing them along. We will see if this might get us in the week of May 15 for the approach of full peak, but we will keep you posted. Please remember, strong thunderstorms in the mid-to-late afternoons will damage today's flowers. For best viewing, always wait a couple of days after we get strong storms to allow the plants to recover. Also, if you plan to bring a boat to see them, check the water levels and safety guides on the frequently asked questions page on our website.

April 29, 2022

As promised, the normal water levels and good weather have helped the lilies this past week. There are some new blooms starting to pop now, and we are near 10% of peak on this Friday. This is looking pretty good for a mid-May goal of around 100% bloom. We are also starting to see some good flowering on Mountain Laurel Island (the island on your left as you approach the lily viewing deck). Once we reach peak, there should be a good three weeks of flowers before the blooms start to decline. Looking forward to your visit!

April 25, 2022,

We wanted to keep you updated on our peak lily season through these progress reports. We are sending this one out because we had our first bloom recently! Don’t panic, the lilies appear to be right on schedule with anticipated peak around the last two weeks of May through the first two weeks of June. These updates will run through what we estimate as 100% full peak of these magnificent plants. So for today's update we estimate around .01% bloom! They will start picking up in bloom numbers in the next few weeks so check back with us weekly to see how they are looking. In other news, our eagles successfully hatched an egg and the young appears to be within a month of fledging (leaving) the nest!  Also, don’t forget when you come to see the lilies later in May right before the bridge to the deck is a river island with mountain laurel blooming just before the lilies peak. Come check us out!


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.