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.

Nice easy walk. Well marked trail. Lots of butterflies, lizards and turtles were observed.

mountain biking
24 days ago

Love, love, love sesqui. Done the designated mountain bike trail with my eight - year - old and often added several miles to it by venturing out to other trails, then tree - connecting at a later point. The sand, which is plentiful and deep in places, gives my hybrid bike a run for its money, but my son's thicker mountain bike tires are usually ok. There are several trails for hiking, walking, trail running, and mountain biking. Campgrounds for RVs and tents are available, as are playgrounds for kids.
Sesqui is my go - to for a quick workout since I live close by.

great morning trail run!

Great mountain bike trail for me the wife and 2 kids 13 and 14. Very sandy but fun. Did apply the bug spray and had no problems. GPS clocked 6 miles. Restrooms also not too far away. Even in 95 deg sun.(shady trail) Two thumbs up.

Mountain bike trail also makes a great hiking trail. Several variations on getting to and from the actual bike trail makes this a fun and available hike. Most recent trip was 9.5 miles starting at one of the remote access points to the park.

4 months ago

The bridge that was destroyed during the flooding in 2015 has been replaced. Nice easy hike.

mountain biking
6 months ago

A great place to ride...when you come out of the woods, turn around and go the opposite way, its a whole different trail! Great workout on your mountain bike, and there is another trail on the bluff that runs along two knotch road. The bigger the tires the better as there is a lot of sand that is deep in some places. Add the 3 mile double track as a warm up and cool down and you can easily ride 12 plus miles. When you cant ride at Harbison due to rain...go check out Sesqui!

the trail has been redone and it makes it very friendly for families and dogs. Great stroll around the lake.

It's jsut as fun to walk this trail as it is to ride it.

Lots of wildlife around this trail

9 months ago

Nice long walk. Enjoy teh quiet in the big city

mountain biking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

fairly well marked....tough terrain for first-time mountain biker

Saturday, July 29, 2017

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The MTB trail at Sesqui is a Jeckyl and Hyde monster. Go out slow, maybe for fun or with the family, and it will probably seem pretty basic. Most of the trail is fairly wide, it is well marked, and the greatest technical features will be rooty/waterstepped climbs or rooty short descents with the greatest drop/ledge being about a 29" wheel height. The surface is sand so it's a fantastic place to ride when the other local trails are too wet. It drains quickly and really firms up when wet. If it's been dry then expect many areas of deep loose sand. This is where I believe the Hyde monster comes in. The trails technicality comes from the sand and going out fast. IMO if Sesqui doesn't seem exciting enough then you need to go faster. This is an excellent trail to test cornering ability and holding speed on an unsure surface. Practice, practice and it will get faster and faster. Lose your focus on cornering and it will let you know quick with a washout.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Nice singletrack trail, light (if any) traffic, some sandy parts but easily manageable. Good, moderate, multi-style course. Perfect for speed, and technical work at low risk.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great trail near my home. Sandy, mostly double track, moderate dog/walking traffic. Good speed trail.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

great trail, but there was a detour. The original trail does not have any markings and that could be confusing.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Great for kids or someone who doesn't want a challenge.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Not fond of the fact that they paved a trail through the woods but it was relaxing hike

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Monday, October 10, 2016

Was a nice walk on a beautiful day. Flat terrain, lots of dogs and joggers. A good route to get out and get some fresh air.

trail running
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Good run. Keep on the blue arrows.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Nice trail, take my puppy there for a run once a week. has two spots for water for yourself and your pet.

Monday, April 18, 2016

geocaches galore!

Monday, April 18, 2016

good for a day out and plenty of geocaches. other than that...meh

Monday, April 18, 2016

We bring the dogs here at least once a week and do the loop twice. sometimes we'll take the perimeter trail for some extra steps.

Monday, September 21, 2015

It's an easy hike around one lake and two ponds. Good place to teach your kids about native plants and wildlife since there are markers and signs. You probably should use insect repellant.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Good trail for an easy walk. Enjoy the afternoon bright sunny day. Around the lake at the main entrance area lot of dogs in a lot of poop. Not bad though. We will come back to this place again next time for a run probably.

Monday, January 14, 2013

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Did this trail years ago...I remember lots of sand and lots of heat. It was summer time and like a desert. Simply dont recommend. One small downhill which was the highlight until your rims get buried in sand.

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