Sandhills Hiking Trail is a 2 mile moderately 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 hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 65 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

lake

partially paved

waterfall

This single-use trail circles the parks 30-acre lake. Hikers will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Sandhills as they venture into the forest and through wetlands on boardwalks. Look for fox squirrels and listen for pileated woodpeckers as you enjoy this scenic trail.

3 months ago

very peaceful walk.

hiking
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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Easy and lovely!

hiking
4 months ago

12/28/19 2 dogs, 2 hoomans. Path was mushy in a few places due to recent weather. Overall beautiful, temperature outside was nearly 70F. Decent bit of traffic, definitely a popular trail. More narrow than the loop path. Still enjoyable.

Good easy trail. Got distracted and ended up off the trail, but all good. ;-)

hiking
6 months ago

Easy stroll though the woods with some nice fall colors when we went in early November. Most of the trail is paved in asphalt though, which I was not a fan of.

walking
8 months ago

Beautiful, easy walk. Paved around lake and well travelled nature trail with board walks over water, very shaded which was great for 92 degrees. took my dog who loved it. The park was crowded at the picnic areas, but didn't see many people on the actual trail. 56 minutes with the added .5 mile loop and stops to take pictures and let my dog drink water

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail - clean, easy to navigate - well marked - took 3 dogs with us...nice for them too. Only saw about 3 others sets of hikers...went in August - not too many bugs and is very shady so even mid day not terribly hot - definitely recommend this one - spot on 2 miles.

hiking
Tue May 28 2019

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.

hiking
Fri May 03 2019

Excellent walking trail and very pretty!

running
Thu May 02 2019

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
Sun Mar 24 2019

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

hiking
Sun Feb 03 2019

trial with a 20lb pack.

hiking
Sun Feb 03 2019

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.

hiking
Sat Jan 12 2019

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.

hiking
Tue Jan 08 2019

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
Sun Jan 06 2019

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

Wed Jan 02 2019

Easy trail. It’s paved.

Thu Dec 27 2018

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

running
Tue Nov 06 2018

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

Thu Aug 30 2018

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

Wed Aug 22 2018

great morning trail run!

Wed Jan 03 2018

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

hiking
Thu Nov 30 2017

Lots of wildlife around this trail

walking
Sat Jul 29 2017

hiking
Thu Apr 06 2017

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

hiking
Tue Feb 28 2017

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

walking
Sun Jul 10 2016

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

Mon Apr 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.

bird watching
Mon Sep 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.

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