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PARK NEWS

The campground at Sesquicentennial State Park will be closed for renovations, Dec. 1, 2020 through late summer, 2021.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

If you are an artist and are interested in participating in our Sesqui Artisan's Market on Sunday, November 7, 2021, please download and complete an artist application.  Deadline to apply is August 31.


There is an electric vehicle charging station for use by visitors at the park.

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HOURS

8 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily (extended hours during Daylight Saving Time)

OFFICE

11 a.m. - noon & 4-5 p.m., daily

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ADMISSION

$6 adults; $3.75 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3.50 children ages 6-15; ages 5 and under, free.

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PETS

Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet.

There is also a dog park available at Sesquicentennial State Park. The dog park is a 2-acre, fenced-in area for dogs to run off-leash.

To access the off-leash dog park, a permit is required for each dog, available at the park office. Permits are $25/year, and are pro-rated depending on the date of purchase. Permits expire on July 1 of each year. Daily permits are available for $4.

Important Notice! Dog must be present for photo identification to obtain dog park permit. Owners must provide current vaccination records showing proof of spayed/neutered, rabies, parvo and kennel cough. Dog permits do not include admission into the park.


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Sesquicentennial State Park

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Park Manager

John Wells

Park Manager

Welcome to Sesqui! I’m John Wells, park manager. Ever since my first campout in the backyard with my dad, I have loved being outdoors. Camping trips with family and more with scouting, partnered with a healthy dose of Yogi Bear on Saturday mornings, made me realize as a kid that I would love to work in the woods helping people—so that’s what I do!

My favorite spot at on the park is what our staff calls the “FEMA bridge” on the Loop Trail.  It is a 100-foot long aluminum bridge that we installed over Jackson Creek to repair a washout from the floods of 2015. It spans a misty, marsh area with babbling brook sounds; something rarely heard in the midlands of South Carolina. Everyone, and especially a first-time visitor to the park, should walk the two-mile Sandhills Trail. It is mostly flat, mostly paved and circles around the park lake. This trail takes you through the open day-use area, beside the CCC spillway system that resembles waterfalls and through the forest dotted with boardwalks safely above the swampy areas. This trail shows a bit of everything at Sesqui!

**Our Ultimate Outsider stamp is located just outside the entrance to the park office.

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.

Camping sites are  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.

BY THE NUMBERS

1 of 16 SC State Parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps

84 standard campsites with electric and water for RVs or tents

5 primitive camping areas for up to 50 people per site

1 dog park where your furry friend can come and unwind - don't forget your permit

26 sprayers on our splash pad, the only one in the South Carolina State Park System!

30 acre park lake for paddling around and fishing

12 miles of hiking and biking trails where you can stretch your legs

3 perfect picnic shelters and 4 picnic pads for your next family reunion or group outing

1419 acres of parkland for you to enjoy in otherwise urban Columbia, SC

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