NC Outdoor Adventures

Min Age

5 yrs

Max Group Size



2.5 Hours


$78 / person


Kayak through a maze of the largest concentration of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies in the world on the Catawba River in South Carolina. No experience needed. Blooming only happens once a year from mid-May to mid-June! LIMITED AVAILABILITY, TRIPS SELL OUT IN ADVANCE!!! Advanced booking is highly recommended!!!! The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily has adapted to live in a very harsh environment and puts on one of the greatest natural “shows” on the east coast. Guests join our river guides on a paddle through a river covered in beautiful white flowers as far as the eye can see! Landsford Canal State Park is also home to a variety of wildlife including eagles, osprey, turtles, red winged black birds, and deer.
NCOA Spider Lily Paddle trips
Trip cost includes 3-4 guides on the river to direct you through the lilies and share some unique facts, all gear including boats and paddle, and shuttle back to the parking lot. If you prefer not to take the shuttle back guests can enjoy a short hike through the Canal trail featuring historic ruins of old canal systems along the Catawba River, just outside of Rock Hill SC. The trail is a flat, paved 1.2-mile walk back to the parking lot.


Ages 5+. Beginner friendly. We recommend that guests be confident in their ability to get in and out of the river via a few large steps, with assistance, up a small riverbank. Youths under 70 pounds must be in a boat with a 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. The total weight limit for kayaks is 300lbs.

When & Where: 

Trips meet at Landsford Canal State Park. Tours run, weekends only from Mid-May to Mid-June, with 3 trip times: 8:30 AM, 12 PM and 3:30 PM


$78 per person. To add a child under 70 lbs. to your boat the cost is $55. Trip group sizes are limited to 24 and the group is spilt in ½ to allow a more nature filled experience. This process allows our guides time to help less experienced paddlers. Groups larger than 20 should reach out early in the year to plan a private tour as our Lily Trips ALWAYS sell out in advance and we only have 5 weekends to offer them! Food options are available upon request for private tours. Message us for details!
paddle through a maze of spider lilies SC NCOA


Due to the nature of this trip, we highly encourage getting trip insurance or being 100% confident in your ability to re-book should NCOA have to cancel for weather/safety related issues.

NCOA has a trip specific cancellation policy for this tour for the following reasons. 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 cannot control flooding events. If NCOA cancels due to weather/flooding, you will be able to re-book your trip free of charge. Canceled trips must be re-booked within the same calendar year as your booking and can be moved to any of our 21 trip options. 

FAQ for the Lily Paddle Trips:

Why can’t we offer this during the week?

Trips run on weekends only because Duke Power guarantees recreational flow releases on Saturday and Sunday. What this means is that water levels during the week are most likely too shallow for paddling while on weekends Duke supports recreation by supplying water.

How fit do I need to be for this trip?

The river has no true rapids, but guests must be confident in their ability to paddle for at least two hours (we do take several breaks). The lilies grow on shoals, shallow rocky areas. What this means is that guests should be confident in their ability to navigate their boats around lots of shallow rocks, which can be tiring for some. The put-in for the boats is very easy; the takeout includes getting out via an embankment in moving knee deep water. Our guides are there to help you throughout the entire trip of course.

Can I bring my own boat?

No sorry. When we started running lily paddle trips many moons ago, we did allow it. We have found that it creates too many problems. Our guide’s focus is on our guest experience and that experience includes providing boats, gear, guides, and shuttle service. We hope you understand!

Do you offer trip insurance?

No, we do not offer trip insurance. We recommend that if a guest books the lily tour that they are ok with our highlighted policy above. Our cancellation policy for this trip is very strict because the lilies have a short 1-month blooming season that happens during hurricane season, and it is very possible that weather could spoil our fun. Since these trips sell out months in advance, we have created a policy that works best for the majority of our guests and our small business. FYI: if you are not ok with our policy and choose to get trip insurance remember booking as a group and purchasing trip insurance as a group makes it more affordable.

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Group bookings: For groups of 20 or more please contact or call us on (828)260-4505 

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