Sesquicentennial State Park

Sesquicentennial State Park

Sesquicentennial State Park
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TrailDame
Charlotte, NC756 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Nice place to hike. We did 5.4 miles on the Lake Trail and the Loop Trail. It is a nice walk-in-the-woods type of place. Good sturdy walking shoes should suffice on these trails. There are a few wooden bridges to cross and the views at the lake are very peaceful. Didn't see many people on the trail so it was nice and quiet. There is also a park office where you can buy gifts and/or camping supplies. There are also restrooms and several picnic tables along the lake near the park office. Plenty of parking and there is a $6.00 per person fee to get in.
Written December 20, 2020
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Nancy D
Augusta, Georgia, United States181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We liked that there were trails as short as half a mile or as long as 3 plus miles. It is a wonderful spot of nature oasis just outside Columbia SC; opened in 1940 and built by the CCC starting in 1933. You can rent boats at the park office. There is a small lake. It is not a huge state park but how wonderful there is a 2 acre dog park and a splash pad for the kids. You have to get a permit at the park office and show proof of vaccinations and spay or neuter which I think is an excellent idea. They sell a daily dog park permit or you can get an annual. We visited while waiting for our dog to get finished with eye surgery and wished we lived in the area. What a great resource for the community.
Written February 2, 2022
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John Edward
West Palm Beach, FL7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
During the short drive to the campground, the park looked nice. That changed as soon as you entered the campground area. The road, if you could call it that, was extremely bumpy and narrow. On our drive to our site, over half the sites were occupied, but 90% of them were tents and what a mess those tent sites were. There was junk scattered around the tents and on the picnic tables. Seriously, it appeared to us that this was makeshift housing given to homeless people. We found our site, which was not level at all. However, that didn't matter because we didn't even hookup. We felt so uncomfortable that we left the site five minutes after backing in and said "goodbye" to the Park; forfeiting the $56 we had paid to South Carolina State Park Reservations. In five years of RVing, never before had we felt the need to leave a campground like we did. But never before had we seen such a mess and felt so uncomfortable in a State Park Campground or any campground for that matter.
Written October 15, 2022
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WeTravel12050
Cheraw, SC272 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Arrived on a Friday. We are weekend or 3 day campers right now at this point in our life. Liked this park a lot. Not so much our campsite so beware We have a 30 ft. Appropriate pull behind RV. The site number 79 wasn’t the best. We went by the state park website. Not able to use fire pit ..and we use it even in the summer
It was washed out pretty bad so it would been a tough pull thru site. We backed in and made the best of it. Loved the paddle boats very good deal for 10 dollars an hour

Our campground host was great! Very informative… not all are like this. There are some full sites with sewer in the lower loop Overall good weekend just very disappointed with our campsite. Also take an extension the electric and water are a good distance from our RV

Now on to next adventure
Written May 2, 2022
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cjemeryjr
Columbia, SC146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
What a great discovery only a few minutes from our home. Trails for hiking and biking, a good sized pond for kayaking, canoeing and fishing, nice areas for picnics and family gatherings. Reasonable fees and the option to purchase an annual pass. Thoroughly enjoying the biking and hiking and even got myself a fishing license.
Written February 8, 2021
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Wendy C
Osceola, WI252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We went here in the early Fall we walked along the water. There are pedal boats to take on the water along with canoes and kayaks. There was also a festival going on as well it's a beautiful park to visit.
Written January 9, 2023
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Smiles4miles
Tallahassee, FL1,352 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
This is very nice park with trails, paddle boats for rent, picnic shelters and a great playground for children. Restrooms available near the playground and small campground. The Loop Trail starts at the Retreat area and is clearly marked by a pink blaze. The trail is about 3.5 miles long and is very easy to hike. Part of the trail is also used by bikers but it is a very quiet and peaceful trail. There is no great scenery, just the wonderful fragrance of pines and jasmine. A lovely way to spend an afternoon!
Written November 14, 2021
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Tennessee50plus
Springfield, TN8,016 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This state park campground is amazing close to everything in Columbia. Ten minutes to the visitors gate at Fort Jackson. Fifteen minutes to downtown. Five minutes to the nearest interstate. The campground is open all year. The roads and site in the campground are gravel with only electric and 30 and 50 amp electric, but there is a convenient dump station. We stayed here to go to our grandsons graduation from boot camp. There are also clean restrooms with showers.
Written February 4, 2020
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arc5519
Easley, SC9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Loved the waterfront, nice gift shop. This was a beautiful park, I wish our visit could've been longer. Will definitely plan a longer visit next time, I can't wait to walk the trails & try the paddle boat! Excellent spot to picnic & relax.
Written May 24, 2023
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Casey L
Concord, NC10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
We are local and we spend the day at Sesqui at least once a month, sometimes more. - The Nature trail is a great little family-friendly hike. There are lots of little bridges with tiny creeks that the kids love, and it starts and ends at the main lake. It's flat enough that older kids (pre-teens and up probably) could ride bikes. The main loop is 3 miles of wide and well-defined trail, with some sandy spots. You can manage a Bob-type stroller on either trail, although we prefer to just let the kids (2 and 4 years old) walk with us and maybe have a carrier on us for the 2-year old. There is also a longer loop that is mainly used for biking. The Nature trail has benches periodically; there aren't really many benches along the main loop except for one near the intersection with the Nature Trail, a picnic area mid-way through the trail, and none on the bike trail.
- The playgrounds are excellent. There are two, a smaller one for younger kids and bigger one for bigger kids, and they're close to each other. They are fun playgrounds in great shape.
- The lake always has ducks and geese around and there's a nice walking path around it with plenty of benches, plus the boats and paddle boards to rent. We often walk to the end of the lake and go around the little Jackson Creek trail.
- The bathrooms in the park are typical SC-state park; functional and clean, but old and a bit rough, and you're likely to find yourself looking at a spider. For changing a diaper: The bathroom by the splash pad has changing station. For nursing mothers, the changing stalls in that bathroom would be your best bet if you want privacy,.
- The splash pad is new and in great shape, and has very nice changing rooms.
- The campground is a nice little campground, and a great escape within Columbia. It's very close to the playground/splashpad/walking trails. Everything in this park is close but it doesn't feel forced in.
- There's a nice, big athletic field adjacent to one of the pavilions that I think can be reserved with the pavilion for softball, volleyball, kickball, soccer, etc.
- A typical day for us with our little kids is to walk the nature trail, including the Jackson Creek trail at the end of the lake; play on the playgrounds, let them play on the splash pads if it's hot, and end with a picnic.
Written September 28, 2018
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