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Kayak through a maze of lilies on the Catawba River in South Carolina. No experience needed. Blooming only happens once a year from May to June! LIMITED AVAILABILITY, TRIPS USUALLY SELL OUT IN ADVANCE!!! Trip includes some minor rapids. All trips include homemade BBQ. Vegetarian Option available upon request.

This area is home to one of the largest populations of rocky shoals spider lilies in the world. This large plant has adapted to live in a very harsh environment and puts on one of the greatest natural “shows” on the east coast. During their peak bloom from about mid-May to mid-June, these plants cover the river in a blanket of white. You get the opportunity to paddle through a maze of flowers!

- TA boats include boat drop/pickup and life jackets. After boating you can enjoy a short hike through the Canal trail to take in a ton of pre-railroad history. This trail takes you back to the parking lot.

When and where: Landsford Canal State Park in SC from the second weekend in May to the second weekend in June. 

With BBQ plate:
$58 to add a child under 70 lbs is $48
Without BBQ: $48 to add a child under 70 lbs is $40

Cost guide and all gear including boat, paddles and personal flotation devices (also known as a life jacket or PFD) and shuttle back to the parking lot.  

Children (age 5 and up) welcome. Anyone under 70 pounds must be in boat with parent/guardian. Youths 71-100 pounds must book a youth kayak but parents must be confident in the ability of the child to paddle the duration of the trip. If you are unsure please add the child to your boat at booking. Note weight in boats for this trip must remain below 250 lbs because the lilies grow on shoals (shallow areas). 

Message or call us for private group options. Available for a minimum group size of 12. Note these trips sell out and advanced booking is recommended. Trips begin selling out in February!!!!

For park info check out http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/landsfordcanal/landsfordcanal-unique.aspx

Guides appreciate tips.


Due to the nature of this trip we highly encourage getting trip insurance or being 100% confident in your ability to re-book. The lilies have a 1 month blooming period. The river is also dam controlled and while Duke Power guarantees recreational flow for the lilies on weekends; they can not control flooding events. If we cancel due to weather/flooding you will be able to re-book your trip ONCE free of charge. For more information on this please visit our FAQ page.

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1173 Whitson Branch Rd.
Bakersville NC 28705
Email: thriftyadventures@gmail.com
Phone: (828) 260-4505
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