Lily Fest

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 Fest 2015 will be held May 17, 2015 - click here for more information on the festival

Check back each week for a Lily Watch Update and information on when you can expect peak lily viewing at Landsford.  Also, take a look at our video that tells you more about the Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies.

May 15, 2015 - Lily Watch Update

Our Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies are reaching their peak! Come out and visit us soon to see. And be sure to head to the park for Lily Fest this Sunday, May 17.


May 7, 2015 - Lily Watch Update

As of May 5, we have a few blooms starting out in the middle of the colony. These will build in numbers throughout the month of May. We believe the peak should be around the third week of May. We will continue to keep you all updated until they reach full peak!

April 30, 2015 - Lily Watch Update

Our lilies have been under high water for about two weeks and do not have blooms yet. Due to the consistent rainy days from several weeks ago in the North Carolina mountains and Piedmont, the Catawba River has been extremely high. We hope the next several days of warm weather will get them started. Once we get our first blooms we should have a better idea when peak bloom will start. Stay tuned!

More Information

Hours of operation:  9 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily.

Admission:  May 1 - June 30:  $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.