Sesquicentennial State Park

Sesquicentennial State Park
Nearest cityColumbia, SC
Coordinates34°05′17″N 80°54′15″W / 34.0880458°N 80.9041817°W / 34.0880458; -80.9041817Coordinates:34°05′17″N 80°54′15″W / 34.0880458°N 80.9041817°W / 34.0880458; -80.9041817
Area1,419 acres (5.74 km2)
Camp sitesRegular campgrounds and RV sites are available
Hiking trails
  • Sandhills Hiking trail
  • Jackson Creek Nature trail
  • Loop Road trail
  • Sesqui Mountain Bike trail
Other informationFeatures include: hiking trails, bicycling trails, softball field, splash pad, fishing, meeting facilities, dog park, and various styled boat rentals.

Sesquicentennial State Park is a state park in the Sandhills region of South Carolina. Affectionately known to locals as Sesqui,[2][3](/sɛskwɪ/),[4] the park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression and was given to the City of Columbia to mark 150 years following its incorporation, giving rise to the state park’s name. The park contains 1,400+ acres and is situated approximately 12 miles from downtown Columbia, South Carolina.

The park offers a retreat center complete with a kitchen and overnight, dormitory-style accommodations for family reunions and group gatherings. Three picnic shelters and four picnic pads are available for reservations as well. 84 standard RV or tent camping sites are also available to overnight guests. The park provides rental fishing boats, paddle boats, standup paddleboards, kayak, canoes, and fishing access to the 30-acre park lake; along with four trails providing over 12 miles of recreational access. The Sandhills Trail is an ADA accessible two mile loop around the park lake. The Bike Trail is 6.5 miles of moderate sandy terrain with several changes in elevation. Sesqui is the only South Carolina State Park that offers a membership-only dog park that allows dogs to run off leash, and a full scale splash pad[2] for splashing around during the famously hot Columbia summers. The park office offers retail options for firewood, ice, t-shirts, and all sorts of novelty gifts.


The park was donated in 1937 by the Sesquicentennial Commission. Many of the buildings in the park, as well as the stone entrance to the park, were built by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps.[5]


  1. ^ "Sesqui Trails". South Carolina Parks. South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b Beam, Andrea (13 May 2021). "There's a Splash Pad at Sesquicentennial State Park!". Kidding Around Greenville. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Sesquicentennial State Park". SCIWAY. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Sesquicentennial State Park". Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Sesqui History & Interpretation". South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. Retrieved 2021-10-20.

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Sesquicentennial State Park front gate. Columbia, South Carolina, USA.