Loop Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, South Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and trail running and is accessible year-round.
The Loop Trail at Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia is a part of the other bike and walking trail system. The Loop Trail is well marked and is characterized by a sand/dirt surface. Some of the sand is loose as on a beach but most of it is packed well and easy to walk on. The trail is a loop that circumnavigates the lake but the lake is not a feature of the trail. There are opportunities for wildlife viewing (deer in particular) and there are pine trees lining most of the trail. There are also areas of wide open sunlight so the trail can be quite hot in the summer as the sun reflects off of the white sand. The open areas are approximately 20% of the total trail length so it's much easier to walk in the morning before the afternoon baking Columbia sun warms up the sand. The pine trees are quite tall and beautiful and the trail is very quiet.