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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

$5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3 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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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

1 retreat center with overnight accommodations for meetings and retreats

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

Sesquicentennial State Park

Midlands

Sesqui Trails

Sandhills Hiking Trail

Length: 1.9 miles

Type: Hiking Trail 

Difficulty: Easy

Description: You will start this fairly easy walking loop trail from the sand parking area near the boat house and circle the lake. A number of boardwalks cross the wet areas, which are home for a variety of birds. From the bridge over Jackson Creek you will see a waterfall and a connection to the Jackson Creek Nature Trail. In the spring and early summer months you will be treated to the beauty of wild flowers and the cinnamon scent of sweet pepperbush.

Jackson Creek Nature Trail

Length: 0.5 miles

Type: Hiking Trail

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Description: Starting from the sand parking area near the boat house, turn right and follow the Hiking Trail along the shoreline of the lake. Just before you get to the bridge turn right, go downhill, and you will see the waterfall on your left. A sign marks the trailhead and tree limbs line the trail to guide you through a lowland area and onto a wooded hillside. When you reach the bridge above the waterfall, you can cross and return the way you came, or turn right and follow the Hiking Trail back to the parking area (approximately 1.5 miles).

Loop Road Trail 

Length: 3.5 miles

Type: Hiking and Mountain Biking Trail

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Description: Starting from the Retreat Center parking area you will enjoy an easy walk, jog or ride on this tree lined path that circles the park. Since you are away from park activities you may see or hear a variety of birds. In the spring and early summer months you will be treated to the beauty of wild flowers and the cinnamon scent of sweet pepperbush.

Sesqui Mountain Bike Trail 

Length: 6.1 miles

Type: Mountain Biking Trail

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Description: A very popular choice in Columbia, this trail is located 3 miles from downtown in the 1,419 acre Sesquicentennial State Park. Staring from the parking area, you will be riding on a sandy roadbed. Once you reach the loop section, you will see blue signs informing you of the direction of travel. The single track loop winds and rolls through a pine forest with a fast and sandy bottom. The sandy bottom of this trail provides good drainage and this trail can usually be ridden shortly after a hard rain, when other trails in the area are closed.