Catawba in Chester County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Welcome to Landsford Canal State Park
Landsford Canal is located along the banks of the Catawba River in the South Carolina Piedmont. Because this region sits atop a fall line, it features changes in elevation that produce shoals and rapids. In the 19th century, merchants bypassed the un-navigable shoals by using a system of canals built along the Catawba and Wateree rivers. The historic ruins of the canal built at Land's Ford, included culverts, locks, and stone bridges, can still be seen at this park.
In addition to its rich cultural history, Landsford Canal is a place of natural beauty. The Catawba River is home to one of the world's largest populations of rocky shoal spider lilies and the park attracts a variety of birds, including nesting bald eagles.
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
Location. 34° 47.483′ N, 80° 52.9′ W. Marker is in Catawba, South Carolina, in Chester County. Marker is on Park Drive. Click for map. Marker is near the start of the walking trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2051 Park Drive, Catawba SC 29704, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Dam (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Guardlock (about Landsford Canal (about 500 feet away); Landsford Canal State Park Trails (about 600 feet away); A Nest with a Bird's-Eye View (approx. 0.2 miles away); Footbridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Culvert (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Canal Bed (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mill Complex (approx. one mile away); Great Indian Warrior Trading Path (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Catawba.
Also see . . .
1. Landsford Canal State Park. Stretched along the Catawba River on the South Carolina fall line, Landsford Canal State Park is home to the well-preserved remains of the canal system that made the river commercially navigable from 1820 to 1835. The Catawba River is home to the largest known stand of the rocky shoals spider lilly, a flower species found predominantly in the Southeast. Peak bloom season for the rocky shoals spider lily is during May and June. Favorite activities in this Piedmont park include picnicking, nature watching and studying the canal structures. Fishing is permitted along the Catawba River, and a paddling trail runs through the park for canoes and kayaks. (Submitted on June 26, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Landsford Canal State Park. Landsford Canal State Park is a South Carolina state park located in Chester County, two miles from US 21. The 448-acre park contains the ruins of the Landsford Canal built to bypass rapids on the Catawba River using slave labor between 1820 and 1825. The coming of the railroad caused the canal to be abandoned. (Submitted on June 26, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 112 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 26, 2016.