By Buddy Blouin
The Sesquicentennial State Park is home to a wide range of recreational activities for locals and travelers alike to enjoy. There are many ways to experience the park, including nature trails, campsites, Jackson Creek, Sesquicentennial Lake, picnic areas, and more. There’s even a dog park so that your furry best friend can come along with you on your adventures. Reconnecting outdoors is made easy by the beautiful landscapes this South Carolina gem has to offer. Located only minutes from Fort Jackson, Sesquicentennial continues to be a popular place for the military and their families to enjoy the wonders of nature and stay active. Whether you're looking for an all-out camping trip or just looking for a new place to enjoy nature from time to time, get to know more about this great nature spot and plan your visit to the Sesqui State Park.

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Sesquicentennial State Park Offers Many Ways To Enjoy Nature

One thing is for sure; there’s more than one way to enjoy the Sesquicentennial State Park. During your visit to a park built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, you’ll have access to:
  • 1,419 acres of pristine parkland.
  • The 30-acre Sesquicentennial Lake.
  • 12 miles worth of trails for hiking and biking.
  • Multiple campsites for both primitive and modern camping.
  • A splash pad featuring 26 sprayers.
  • The picnicking areas, which are great for lunch and hosting events.
  • A dog park for your furry friend to play in.
All in all, the park is one of the highlights of any trip to South Carolina. It’s easy to see why it continues to be a local hotspot for getting outdoors, recreation, and just having good ole fashioned fun!

Hours and Information

You can find the Sesquicentennial State Park at 9564 Two Notch Rd., Columbia, SC 29223. Open daily from 8:00 a.m. until sunset, Sesqui continues to be one of the go-to parks in Columbia, SC, due to its availability and range of outdoor activities. The office is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is very affordable, as the cost is only $6 per adult and $3.75 per child between the ages of 6 and 15. Children under 6 are free, and seniors ages 65+ are only $3.75 per person. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet unless they're in the dog park. There's a $25 per year per dog permit required for the dog park, which is prorated and expires on July 1st. Day passes for dogs are available for $4. Additional fees may apply. It’s important to note that in order to obtain a permit for your dog, you’ll need to have them present and able to take a photo ID. Not only will you need an ID, but you’ll also need to prove that your pet has been vaccinated for kennel cough, parvo, and rabies, as well as the fact that they've been spayed/neutered. Camping is permitted only for short-term use. All campers are allowed to stay a maximum of 14 nights at the park. Sesquicentennial State Park Campground is one of the best RV parks in Columbia, SC, and while traditional camping sports are available, the park can accommodate RVs and modern campers, as well. It’s important to note that

there is no WiFi in the park.

Visitors are allowed to bring their own boat to enjoy Sesquicentennial Lake, but swimming and wading are not allowed. Boats cannot use a gasoline engine and must be carried to the water, as there is no boat ramp nor are vehicles allowed to launch boats. Canoeing, kayaking, and pedal boating are all allowed. Boats must be off of the water one hour before the park closes. If you don’t have your own boat, rentals are available at the park. Picnic shelters can be reserved for your events. You will have access to the picnic shelters for the entire day. To reserve, you’ll need to contact the office at

1 (803) 788-2706

. Shelters 1 and 2 both have power hookups, whereas Shelter 5 doesn’t have power at all. To learn more about the park’s rules and regulations, be sure to click the link or contact the park directly for more information.

Sesquicentennial State Park Delivers Nature and Recreation

Whether you're easygoing or looking for an adventure, it doesn’t matter. The Sesquicentennial State Park has something for everyone to enjoy. This is a great place to reconnect with your surroundings without ever being too far away from the comforts of city life and modern conveniences and amenities. Sesqui Park continues to deliver great campgrounds near Columbia, SC, trails, beautiful scenery, and more. Be sure to keep an eye out for local events that happen throughout the year, or plan your next event and enjoy the space on your own terms.

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