Chester County, SC

Spotlight: Rocky Creek Trail

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This 2.4-mile Thread Trail is located along Rocky Creek, a tributary of the Catawba River. The path splits at the river access, leading to either a scenic waterfall or a longer hike along the creek. The path and surrounding land has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society so, along with beautiful views of the landscape, the Rocky Creek Trail also offers ideal locations for observing birds. Take your time exploring the natural wonder found on this trail.


The Landsford Canal Trail is a 1.5-mile mixed surface trail that is a part of a larger network of trails within the Landsford Canal State Park. The state park is home to the largest known population of rocky shoals spiderlilies. These fragrant flowers bloom in May and June from the rocky outcroppings along the riverbank and can be seen from observation decks and up-close thanks to canoe and kayak launches.

Lake Wylie Park Entrance

The Wylie Walking and Biking Trail is relatively flat and great for bikers, walkers, and runners. It winds around Wylie Park, a 48-acre park complex owned and maintained by the city of Chester and is across the street from the Wylie Park Activity Center.

View a complete list of open Thread Trails in Chester County

See Master Plan for Chester County

See Master Plan Map for Chester County


Destinations that will be linked by the Carolina Thread Trail

Chester State Park

Chester State Park’s 523 acres include a 160-acre lake, itself surrounded by a two-mile nature trail through the pine forest. Jon boat rentals are popular in the warmer months, and the park also offers picnicking, camping, archery and a place to simply enjoy the serenity of the placid setting.

759 State Park Road
Chester, SC 29706
(803) 385-2680

Landsford Canal State Park

Landsford Canal, the best preserved of numerous 19th-century South Carolina river canals, has2486866943_5eefca8253_b remnants of all its major structural features. The 250-acre park includes the remnants of 1820 canal-culverts, stone bridges, locks, historic mill site and a lockkeeper’s house which contains interpretive exhibits about the canal system in South Carolina. The rocky shoals on the Catawba River are home to one of the world’s largest populations of rocky shoals spider lilies. The spider lily can best be seen in full bloom in May. The shoals also provide excellent fishing opportunities for striped bass and bream.

2051 Park Drive
Catawba, SC 29704
(803) 789-5800