Sesquicentennial State Park

Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia: Hours, Address, Sesquicentennial State Park Reviews: 4/5

Sesquicentennial State Park

Sesquicentennial State Park
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Bowmanator22
Charlotte, NC4,941 contributions
Feb 2021 • Solo
I stopped by Sesquicentennial for some hiking because Harbison State Forest closed their trails due to heavy rain. Sesqui had 10+ miles of trails which were all in good order even with the heavy rains. There is a $6 entry fee for adults aged 16-64, and a park store with a smattering of souvenirs and helpful rangers. The biking trail was beautiful, and not at all crowded on a Wednesday morning. I passed 3 people over the course of five miles. There is a small lake in the middle, and I’m sure summer is a very popular time here. So glad to find such a suitable backup for my rain soaked hiking plans.
Written February 17, 2021
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SouleTraveler
Columbia, SC33 contributions
Sep 2020
This is a lovely, well kept state park. It is however $6 PER PERSON to enter. That seems a little steep for a state park especially for a family. This was the price even with most of the attractions closed. Also, the park is roughly 5-7 miles from a military installation and no military discount...at all. We brought our dogs and the park enforces a very strict leash policy. So we thought it would be fun for the dogs to run loose at the dog park only to learn you have to get a $4 per dog permit to enter the dog park. When open, other services like canoes and boats are an addition fee as well. So all and all, beautiful park and worth a visit, but because of all the “nickel and diming” we probably won’t visit as often as we thought.
Written October 4, 2020
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TrailDame
Charlotte, NC652 contributions
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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Phillip E
1 contribution
Feb 2020
We visit Sesqui 4-5 times a month and enjoy the various permutations one can enjoy while walking on the park's various trails. The pond is quite nice and is a blast to fish, also. I read a review complaining about noise from Ft. Jackson. I've never noticed it, ever. If had, I'm sure my dog and I would be fine, since we love the sound of freedom. Murica.
Written March 17, 2020
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cjemeryjr
Columbia, SC132 contributions
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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Smiles4miles
Tallahassee, FL1,058 contributions
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, TN8,010 contributions
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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Casey L
Concord, NC10 contributions
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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William F
10 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We spent a night at Sesquicentennial just because of the close proximity to a property we own there. Columbia has that city feel that we were hoping to get away from. Despite the large size of the park we could here car horns and sirens throughout the night. After collecting some kindling in the woods behind our site I found my hands covered in deer ticks. Bathhouses were in fair condition but glad we were only here for one night. Not a park where I would want to spend an extended weekend.
Written December 11, 2014
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rissymalee614
23 contributions
Sep 2013
It is most certainly worth the $2 entrance fee! Hiking paths were nice. View is beautiful...lots of places to picnic. . . Great area for kids to run around and play on playgrounds or bike ride... paddle boats available....this would be a great one day trip or visit for several hours with family and friends! I loved taking photos :)
Written September 7, 2013
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