Sesquicentennial State Park, situated in the middle of the Sandhills region, features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas. The parks proximity to downtown Columbia and interstate highways attracts both local residents and travelers. Sesqui, as its affectionately known, is heavily used for family reunions and group campouts. It also features dog park and well-attended interpretive nature programs, as well as a dormitory, meeting facility and ropes course popular for corporate retreats and team-building. Once a drive out to the country but now a green space in the Columbia suburbs, the park was originally built by the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Evidence of their craftsmanship remains today, including in the distinctive white stone blocks that mark the front gate.
Troy M. on Sandhills Hiking Trail
Easy flat walk around the lake. Kids enjoyed throwing twigs into the "waterfall." Not my ideal hike, but the best option within the time and distance I had available.