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 2014 WAS HELD ON MAY 18 - 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.

June 21, 2014 - Lily Watch Update

Lily bloom has been declining.  About 25% of the lilies are still in bloom, and this should drop off to just scattered blooms throughout the summer. Thanks for visiting us and hope to see you again soon!

June 17, 2014 - Lily Watch Update

The lilies have reached peak and will decline from here.  There should be plenty of blooms through the weekend, so make plans to visit before they are gone!

June 9, 2014 - Lily Watch Update

 The lilies are currently 70-80% in bloom.  This is probably as close to peak as they will reach this year.  Make plans to come out and see them soon!

May 21, 2014 - Lily Watch Update

The lilies are currently 25-30% in bloom.  The peak should arrive the last week in May and last until about the second week of June.  Stay tuned!

May 15, 2014 - Lily Watch Update

We have blooms, just in time for Lily Fest 2014!  The lilies are not at peak yet, but should reach peak around the end of May and the first two weeks of June.  Make time to visit this weekend and join in the fun or anytime within the next few weeks.

May 8, 2014 - Lily Watch Update

There are still no blooms to report. This is about eight days behind from what we usually see. We are again predicting the first flowers should start in the next week with peak being the end of May to the first two weeks of June. On another note, the juvenile eagle appears to be ready to leave the nest soon and the island just north of the spider lily overlook is covered in Mountain Laurel blooms right now.  Come see us at Landsford Canal this weekend!

May 5, 2014 - Lily Watch Update

The Spider Lilies are not in bloom yet, but are showing signs of starting very soon.  Peak bloom should occur around the end of May and first of June. More updates to follow.  Please check back next week for updates and reports.

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.