Sesquicentennial State Park, affectionately known to locals as "Sesqui", is a spacious, green getaway in the heart of the Sandhills region. Once you're immersed in the 1,400 acres of pines, camping sites, and nature trails you forget just how close you are to bustling, downtown Columbia, South Carolina.
A retreat center complete with a kitchen and overnight, dormitory-style accommodations make the park an ideal spot for family reunions and group gatherings. Camping sites are also available to overnight guests. The park provides kayak and canoe rentals, fishing, two nature trails and a 6-mile bicycle loop for day-use recreation.
Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing for bass and bream in the 30-acre park lake. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.
Freshwater Fishing: Yes
Boating and Boat Access: Private boats with electric trolling motors, canoes and other non-motorized boats are allowed on the park's 30-acre lake. Boat access to the lake is available at a drop off area. No boat ramp is available. Boater access is only available by foot. Users must carry all boats to the lake to launch.
Fishing Boat Rentals: Non-motorized fishing boats are available for rent on a seasonal basis. Rentals include life jackets and paddles.
Canoe/Kayak Rentals: Canoes and kayaks are available for rent on a seasonal basis. Rentals include life jackets and paddles.
Pedal Boat Rentals: Pedal boats and stand up paddleboards are available for rent on a seasonal basis. Rentals include life jackets and paddles.
Playground Equipment: Yes
Picnic Shelters: Yes
Playground: Two playgrounds are located within the picnic area of the park.
Bird Watching: Opportunities are available throughout the park, year round. The park's forest and wetland habitats attract many species of birds including migrating warblers as well as a number of waterfowl in winter.
Other Facilities and Activities: Stand up paddleboards (SUPs) are available for rent for $10/hour, daily, Apr. through Oct. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must be 18 years old to rent them or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
A sand volleyball court, a softball field and a dog park are all located on the park for visitor use.
Hiking Trails: The two hiking trails on the park include the Loop Road Trail (3.5-miles) and the Sandhills Hiking Trail (1.9 miles).
Walking/Nature Trails: The Jackson Creek Nature Trail is 0.4 miles in length.
Biking Trails: Mountain Bike Trail (6.1 miles)