Explore the most popular trails in Sesquicentennial State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

hiking
26 days ago

good trail to get a mild hike in. Fairly level, but recently the extreme rains have carved gullies and trenches into the roadway. This is not a path in the strictest sense of the word but more of a road. Also, after you leave the last shelters there are no markings. it is easy though, when you get to a fork in the road go left and then continue straight from there. You will end out on the road in and out of the park , you can go down the road itself or you can cut across the parking lot and take the blue mark bike trail. the only reason I gave this four out of five was because it is not marked at all after the shelters

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy walk in Father day with Brendan.

Beautiful park. Basically had the whole place to myself. Trail around the lake is perfect for leashed bike ride or walk with kids. Buggies with the larger tires would make it here also if you need to push the young ones. Price is $5.00/adult, not sure about kids. But the park is gorgeous and worth the visit.

Excellent walking trail and very pretty!

trail running
2 months ago

Wow! Wish I could take this trail home with me. Beautiful setting. Gradual elevation changes. Well maintained trails. Just perfect for my 2 mile run while passing through on business.

hiking
3 months ago

nice and easy hike. pretty flat with some good opportunity to view wildlife.

hike it regularly

Nice 6 mile hike. I clocked about 6.33mi. Not especially scenic but no road noise and well maintained.

hiking
5 months ago

pretty sandy, but a nice and secluded trek. we used it to practice with our packs for a foothills trail session.

hiking
5 months ago

Lovely walk. 40 minutes with stops for pics., views, and charts. Varying surface gravel, some tarmac and a bit cement. Narrow nice wood bridges over any water. I'd like more views of the water. Fun.

Nice loop trail with a portion of it providing lake views. Well maintained and partially paved. Very well marked. Moderately trafficked for a winter hike. Great option considering it’s in the middle of the capitol city.

Short loop off of the Sandhills Trail near the dam area. Trail is not marked; easiest way to find it is to look for the large information sign downhill from the Sandhills Trail just west of the dam. Interesting interpretive signs tell about common flora and fauna of the midlands. Overall, a nice add-on if you are hiking the Sandhills Trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice, flat loop around Sesquicentennial Lake. Well-marked with white plastic diamonds bearing black arrows. Very popular with casual hikers and dog-walkers. Lake only in view for about 1/4 of the loop. Not a bad trail considering the lack of hiking options around Columbia.

hiking
6 months ago

easy trail around the lake. only a few other walkers with dogs. Also good for trail running.

Less crowded trail. Some areas are not well marked but it’s well traveled so it was easy to stay on course. We enjoyed the informational signs.

Easy trail. It’s paved.

Nice stroll. Easy paths and well marked trail. about 1/4 mile of lake view. Otherwise it's mostly forest.

trail running
7 months ago

Nice and soft, wide trail. Sandy in parts. Easy trail running.

trail running
8 months ago

Beautiful fall views along the trail. Great places to take pictures. Trail was marked and very easy run.

took a good hike on this Trail today but I did it differently. I went against the traffic so that I could see bicycle coming towards me. I find a lot of cyclist do not announce their approach until they're almost on you and startling you. When you startle someone they made jump the wrong way and right in the path of a bicycle. So I hiked going towards the oncoming traffic. Great hike and a beautiful cool day to do it. took me approximately 2 hours and no major stops. Not hard to go the other way you just have to check and make sure that you are still seeing the blue arrows occasionally

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

mountain biking
10 months 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.

hiking
Sunday, June 10, 2018

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.

hiking
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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

mountain biking
Thursday, March 15, 2018

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!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

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

hiking
Friday, December 01, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lots of wildlife around this trail

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