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.
Carl T. on Sesqui Mountain Bike Trail
Great trail for walking, biking, running. Good place to be outdoors in the woods for a little while and not leave town.
Good trail, not too difficult. As mentioned, alot of straw and even more sand. The mountain bike trail single track isn't really that tight so with the exception of acouple downhill sections through some draws. Nice area, 2$ entrance fee per persona and defiantly alot of sites set up for other family outdoor recreations. Cool outings with the kids and trail runs is what I would use this site for. Mountain biking needs to be expanded here otherwise i'll be hitting harbison state forest for that.
For my first mountain biking experience, I'd have to say I started on the perfect trail! Despite the never ending sand, I got a great work out and a very fun ride. There are some small hills (I was told this trail is nothing compared to other trails) but the sand makes you work a bit harder. Lots of twists and turns and a good balance between inclined and declines! Recommended anyone to try it out
Not too difficult of a trail, but there is a lot of sand and pine straw, making it difficult at times. Your speed will really determine how difficult of a ride it will be. Not very technical, but a good ride overall. Definitely worth a trip out there.