Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia

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Sesquicentennial State Park is a state park in the Sandhills region of South Carolina. Located in the suburbs of the state capital, Columbia, Sesquicentennial State Park's 1419acre include a 30acre lake. Sesquicentennial State Park also includes many hiking trails, meeting facilities, a dorm, a ropes course, and a dog park.HistoryThe park was donated in 1937 by the Sesquicentennial Commission. Many of the buildings in Sesquicentennial State Park, as well as the stone entrance to the park, were built by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
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  • I enjoyed walking the trail around the lake. The trail was well marked and not hard to hike. A few reviews said bathrooms were filthy but they weren't when i was there. I didn't like the lake because ...  more »
  • We enjoyed visiting the park with our dog. The trails are beautiful, mostly natural - worn ground, not paved. There is a man-made waterfall, ancient trees and a lake with paddle boat rentals. There ar...  more »
  • we paid five dollars a person to get in to see if it would be good for viewing the solar eclipse. It wasn't. It was just a park. Not great, not bad.  more »
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  • Great prices on canoe, kayak, paddle board, and pedal boat rental. Personally, I wouldn't rent for more than an hour. The lake is fun to row around but gets dull after visiting each corner. My kids also enjoyed the splash park. Unfortunately, seating and a shaded area was hard to come by. All together it was a fun morning and we would return.
  • My wife and I just did the bike trail. We are in decent shape. The trail was pretty challenging for us. I recommend bringing a lot of water. 1 bottle doesn't cut it. Also the park was $5 per person.
  • The park is nice and you can tell they typically take decent care of it, and the staff seem pleasant. The splash water park (for young kids) is nice as is the lake. We did enjoy our stay but the bathroom conditions at Loop 1 prevent me from giving anything but a 2 star. Lake appears really shallow for fishing purposes, you could see the weeds on the bottom pretty much everywhere. But the lake is quite picturesque. The small waterfalls are quite pretty. The trails seem kept well, we only did a little bit of the lake trail because we had little one with us. The pine forest around the playgrounds is really nice, tons of shade, and the pine trees are enormous. It looks like a scene out of a fantasy novel. The paddle boats are fun but they are absolute leg killers. The pedals are like most other paddle boats. ...way too close together, and the really needed greasing. The pedals are closer together than even a child's bicycle pedals. One of the boats squealed so loudly that we thought it was a hyper red tailed hawk screeching until they got closer and I realized the source. Minor issues but worth reviewing. The major issue is the terrible insufficiency of the bath houses. Loop 1 has 35 lots, but only one toilet, one urinal, and one shower for the men, for all 35. Of course, on a Saturday afternoon, someone overflowed the men's toilet (complete with several poo floaters) and nasty water all over the floor. I reported it to the guard shack around 6 or 630, and the bathroom was still nothing but filth when we left 10am the next day. I had to drive guys in our group to the splash park bathrooms. Unlike several other SC state parks, they don't do trash pickup. The dumpsters are ok though, you just need to remember to take it with you when (if) you drive out of the loops.
  • Nice state park not far from downtown Columbia, SC. No swimming in the lake, but they rent canoes and paddle boats. There's a splash pad for kids during the summer. Good walking trails.
  • Me and my family were regulars at the park. There are definitely on days and off days. You have to catch certain staff. But in recent months it has gone down immensely. WORST RANGER STAFF IN THE STATE. In my experience, the rangers are unfriendly, non-welcoming and stand off-ish. There is no interaction with park guests. Several times I have been waiting for some assistance and the girl behind the counter (very friendly) is assisting someone else and a male ranger has entered, says nothing to anyone and goes straight to the back. Granted he may have been busy (all four times this has happened) but every other park in this state has a better, more helpful ranger staff. Everytime I'm impressed by someone at the park, they are maintenance staffers, summer help..etc. That being said, this is not a park I would recommend anymore

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