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

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.