Sesquicentennial State Park encompasses a total area of about 1,419 acres of parkland that can be found close to the otherwise urban city of Columbia in South Carolina. The park is situated in the Sandhills region of South Carolina. If you want to get to the main entrance to the park, just travel along the I-20 about three miles from the north central area of the state. You can use two main routes including the I-20 (then take Exit 74) and the I-77 (then take Exit 17).
The Sesquicentennial State Park, which is more affectionately called the ‘Sesqui’ by the locals, had most of its buildings constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. Besides the now historical buildings (some of which are still in use), there are plenty of other features that attract visitors to this unique state park.
Others features include the geography as well as the flora and fauna at the park. The unique thing about the park is that you can quickly get immersed in the acres and acres of pine forest and forget that you are close to a bustling city (Columbia).
Other amenities that you can enjoy at the park include the 30-acre park lake, five primitive camping areas (can accommodate about 50 people per site), 84 standard campsites (with electric and water), three perfect picnic shelters and four picnic pads, 12 miles of biking and hiking trails, 26 sprayers on a splash pad, a retreat center, and a dog park (a permit is required).
You can also enjoy several activities at the park including boating, camping, swimming, fishing, biking, and hiking. If you have a pooch, you can bring them along to participate in recreational activities. That said, there are some rules to follow including keeping your dog well-behaved.
Be advised, noisy dogs or dogs that harass or act dangerously towards wildlife within the park will be promptly ejected from the park. You must also keep your dog leashed (leash must be a maximum of six feet long) or securely confined. Dog owners are generally allowed to guide their dogs to most outdoor areas of the park.