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The two RV Gypsies
went to Landsford Canal State Park
2015 Park Drive
Catawba, South Carolina 29704
May 28, 2019

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The cost to enter this park is $5 for adults 16 years and older, $3 for children ages 6-15, and $3.25 for a SC Senior.

Landsford Canal State Park entry sign

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. 

Activities in this Piedmont park include picnicking, a small playground, 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.

Carolina Thread Trail sign

Below: sign and info about The Dam on the Catawba River

Below: sign and info about The Dam on the Catawba River Below: sign and info about The Dam on the Catawba River
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The Catawba River is home to the largest known stand of the rocky shoals spider lily, a flower species found predominantly in the Southeast. Peak bloom season for the rocky shoals spider lily is during May and June.

A 1.5-mile, easy, round trip walk down the Canal Trail took the two RV Gypsies to an overlook where they viewed the spider lilies. It was a very hot day, but worth the effort.

The Catawba River along side the trail
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Below: Turtles in the Catawba River

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There were not a lot of flowers along the trail, but Karen did see a pretty one shining in the sunshine.

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Below: The Spider Lilies

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Spider Lilies

Spider Lilies
Spider Lilies

To get the best photos, a zoom lens is needed, plus a cropping of the photos to zoom in even more, is needed.

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Below: These photos were zoomed in on the original photo and cropped. It was not possible to get this close to the Spider Lilies.

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Spider Lilies

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