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Sesquicentennial State Park
Copyright: - South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Sesquicentennial State Park
Description - This 1,419-acre park, situated in the middle of the sandhills region, features a beautiful 30-acre lake. The park's proximity to downtown Columbia and three major interstate highways attracts both local residents and travelers. Nature programs are provided year-round by the park naturalist. The Log House dates back to 1756 and was accidentally discovered in Richland County when several old homes were being demolished in 1961.

Visitors may choose from 87 campsites, some of which accommodate RV's up to 35 feet. A large conference center is also available. Five picnic shelters are available free on a first-come, first-served basis or can be reserved for a fee. The park has a 1 1/2 mile nature trail and the Sesqui bike trail - a moderately strenuous 6.1 mile loop. Visitors enjoy fishing in park's 30-acre lake for bass and bream. Fishing boat rentals are available for a small fee, but no private boats are permitted on the lake. Seasonal lake swimming and rental pedal boats are offered upon availability of lifeguards.

Recreation - This park offers opportunities for camping, picnicking, fishing, pedal boating, swimming, biking, viewing historic sites, and hiking.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - Sesquicentennial State Park is located in central South Carolina, on US 1, 13 miles northwest of Columbia and 3 miles from I-20.

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Filed By: Patti Germann (Columbia, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Mountain biking in Columbia, South Carolina? Being an avid mountain biker from the Blue Ridge Mountains, I recently moved to Columbia. Much to my surprise, the biking trails at Sesqui offer a pleasant challenge on both single track and double track trails. All clearly marked with the blue blazes, make this a fun, "mountain" bike experience! Thank you!!

Filed By: Freddie Elizabeth Patterson Johnson (Atlanta, Ga)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Sesquicentennial State Park brings back such wonderful memories. In 1970 under a July sunny blue sky beneath the tall pine trees, with the lake as a backdrop, my husband now for 33 years proposed to me at Sesquicentennial State Park. This is also the park our family chose to visit after we lost our brother in a motorcycle accident, when our father passed away after a long heart illness and where we selected to hold our family reunions, or just an impromptu picnic. This park will allow you if you wish to be amongst the crowd or quietly slip away to a corner where you can be in your own peaceful world. The nature trail is wonderful, although I must admit I never finished the trail walk. I am too much of a city girl and coming upon natures crawling, leaping, flying creatures was more than I could handle. I can never think about baseball without thinking about Sesqui as we fondly referred to the park. How we laughed, as we ran or watch family running around the field, there were a lot of cheating in those games. Most of my 10 sisters and brothers learned how to swim in the lake. There were swings and slides and seesaws. Yes, even after some tough times in our family personal lives Sesqui made us laugh lots. I recommend this clean and peaceful park. Bring your picnic basket, a fishing pole or just a kick ball, grill a steak, have lots to drinks (no alcohol) the bathrooms are clean and close by. Lay out a blanket or a lounge chair, let your hair down, kick off your shoes, breath deeply and look to the heavens through the tall pines at Sesqui. Freddie Elizabeth Patterson Johnson

Filed By: Misty Snow Fogle (Columbia, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I recently visited the park and although the swimming area has been closed down ( i have swam there every year since i was born 24 yrs) there are play areas, paddle boats and you can even bring your own small fishing boat. i walked the path around the pond and saw some wild life. i throughly enjoyed my experience even though the swim area is closed. i do hope that next year something can be added to attract swimmers back and allow the swim area to reopen in summer 2005. maybe a swim slide or some swim area play things. you know when there is something to occupy the kids, the adults will come. and i do hope that someone besides me will add to the experiences at sesqui.

Filed By: Misty Fogle (Columbia, sc)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have visited Sesqui very freguently throughout my life. ZI was raised just a few miles from the park and many childhood memories were made there. You can go camp there and feel as if your 1000 miles away from the "real world" GO THERE!! ITS GREAT!!!

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Contact Information:
Sesquicentennial, 9564 Two Notch Rd. , Columbia, SC, 29223, Phone: 803-788-2706

Additional Information:
Midlands Region - The Midlands Region of South Carolina includes the middle portion of the state, between the Upcountry to the northwest and the Low country to the southeast. It surrounds the city of Columbia.
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.

South Carolina Tourism - Official website of South Carolina Tourism


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