Columbia, South Carolina

Sesquicentennial State Park

Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina
Phone: (803) 788-2706

Sites: 87
Recent Rate: $19 4/2015

Latitude: 34.0987279395812
Longitude: -80.9102725982666

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

21 Reviews

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our first stay at the park. We've camped in other SC state parks and had high hopes for this one based on those parks. We weren't disappointed.

We have a 32' Class C with 2 slides. We had no trouble navigating to our site. Unless they've widen the roads recently, I'm not sure what previous reviewers are talking about when they mention narrow roads, at least in Loop #1.

We stayed at site #22. It is semi private. The back half was completely private and surrounded by trees. The site was not level, but not too bad. The web site describe it as having a gravel parking surface. It was not, it was sand. The sand caused our levelers to sink and eventually we were out of level after a couple days.

The bath house was ok. We stayed Wed - Sat and I don't think the men's room was cleaned during that time period. The shower area is big with a lockable door. The shower itself was decent size with a normal shower head and a shower curtain. The water was hot. The water drained slow. The area outside the shower was dirty. Debris from people's shoes was all over the floor. It got worse as our stay went on.

The staff that we interacted with was friendly, however we never saw more than 1 Ranger in the park at one time. At other SC state parks we've stayed there are normally several Rangers and they patrol the campground throughout the day. I didn't notice that here.

The rest of the park is nice. It rained most of our stay, so we didn't explore too much, but we did walk the trail around the lake. The trail was well maintained. The lake area is nice with Pavilions and lots of picnic tables. It would make for a nice day at the lake.

Overall we enjoyed our stay for the price we paid. We will most likely return in the future and hopefully will be able to explore more of the trails. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.





Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful campground. The first thing I noticed was the canoe rentals. They were $5.00/hr. That's a fair price. They also have paddle boat rentals. There's a nice 2 mile trail around the lake. A nice trail for anyone, young or old. The camp sites are fairly level. I noticed that some weren't so make sure you ask for a level site. Also be careful when driving through the campground. You have to squeeze between trees. It's a pretty tight fit. Overall, a really nice park. I will camp there again. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Sites are very sandy and ours wasn't level at all. In fact we couldn't get our rig level, but were just staying one night and did the best we could. The campground road was very narrow and at times we only had a few inches clearance between the trees. The park was beautiful. Lots of trees and shade and very people friendly. It would be a great stop for smaller size rigs, but we probably won't stay there again. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 104
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean facilities. Sites are not level and some have trees that make it interesting to park the RV. Nice lake to walk around. Convenient to interstates. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Camp sites: We stayed in site 81. It was a nice level and large site. It provided a lot of privacy for my family since the living side of my camper was able to face the forest. Many of the other sites also provide privacy. Not all of the sites appear to be very level. Some may prove to be fairly difficult to position yourself so as to easily level your camper. There are some ADA sites, but these in my opinion would be difficult to navigate in a wheelchair. The campground is nicely shaded and very clean. Large pines almost maintain a forest canopy and shade is easy to find. It is also well separated from the rest of the state park activities both visually and by sound. The ranger told us they almost never fill up and only are really busy during about three weekends per year. Mainly around the graduation of Fort Jackson students. Staff: The ranger was very nice and amiable. We only saw him when he stopped by at night to check us in. We saw other workers a couple of times during our stay as they cleaned the bath house and collected trash. Bath House: The showers and restrooms are well used, showing wear and tear, but are kept very clean. They are typical state park showers with tile walls metal dividers. They appear as if they could be hosed down without worry of damaging anything. Even so, they are clean and the paper supplies were kept stocked. Amenities: The park had signs saying games could be checked out including balls, books and other activities from the office. The park has lots of trails for hiking and biking. A lake provides opportunities for canoe and paddle boat rentals. Signs said no swimming or wading. I don't know that I would have wanted to because of the Canadian geese droppings which dotted the lake edge. Fun shaded playgrounds can be found and lots of shelters and picnic tables. This weekend was not a holiday, but even so the playgrounds, lake and main park amenity area was packed with people. Kids, families and people of all ages and cultures were enjoying the park. There were other amenities that we saw, but did not look into further. All in all, we plan to return and use this campground again. Reserve America has a two night minimum, but the ranger said calling the park directly would allow a person to reserve it for one night if this was wanted. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 83
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

We spent tree nights here and had a great shaded spot facing the woods. It was somewhat tight getting a class A in and out. The main road through the campground was so tight that we had large pine trees within six inches on both sides in at least four spots on the main road through the campground. Many of the sights are not suitable for large rigs. The campground is separate from the very busy public part of the park which is nice. In the summer there are boat and paddle boat rentals available on the lake. The campground is not on the lake. The rangers are very polite, helpful and friendly. They patrol the campground regularly. One left a note on our door about bad weather that was moving into the area. The dump station is right at the gate of the entrance to the campground which causes a traffic back up as people try to exit. There is no going around as there is a bridge within 50 feet of the dump site. In the summer this could be a real problem at the close of a weekend as there is only one dump. We were concerned about the security gate as it is not automatic. The gate is locked from 6PM until 6AM. You are given the combination to a lock which you have to unlock and swing the gate open, drive through, and then re-lock the gate which is way out at the main road. Overall it is the best place to stay in Clolumbia. Within twenty minutes of the University of South Carolina. It is very secluded but is in the main part of Columbia with lots of restaurants near by. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Jay Rutherford

Review Count: 148
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

We echo the comments by the previous reviewer. The bathrooms and showers were very clean, but privacy was limited to a shower curtain. About half the park was closed off during the winter season; most of these sites appeared to be tent sites so closing them off was to be expected. There were only a few campers when we were there. We found this campground a convenient stopover point on our way south and would stay here again when passing through. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 182
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: December, 2011 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Great state park with a real woodsy feeling in the middle of a city off Two Notch Road. However, the road through the camping area can be dicey, I have a Class C and I had to pull my mirrors in to get between trees on each side of the road. I don't know how Class A's or Fifth Wheels would manage. Adequate spacing between sites. Plenty of shade if you are there in summer. Restrooms were clean. Pretty quiet at this time of year. Great TV reception on digital if you use the antenna. Good signal from Verizon Air Card on 4G. Good value for $22.50 that we paid. Dump station easy to get through. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

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shadows daddy

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

We liked this park overall. Great dog park. The staff was very nice. The sites (most) were older. Some had been reworked in loop 2. Leveling took some work and electric boxes and water were not always together. The water connections were typically the ones that would have needed extra hose. The electric seemed to be in a normal spot for most rigs. There is a nice walking area around the lake. Do not take a pull through just because you think it will be easier. Many of them are on angles and have tough turns, especially out, for many rigs. The bath house is small but clean. We would camp there again if we were in the area. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Just Because

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Large shady wooded sites. Some sites do have sewer hookups (5). Very large state park in the middle of downtown Columbia. Beautiful lake with fishing and boating. Walking, bicycle paths in all areas and trails. Saw the Park Ranger ride through several times checking on the area. Campground host was very pleasant and stopped by on several occasions to check on us. Will stop next time on our way to other areas. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has so much potential but state funding is hurting its looks. Some sites have been upgraded and will hold big rigs, but many more are in need of leveling and expansion. There were electrical problems on some of the sites when we were here over Memorial Day. The back area seemed nicer than the front, with mostly tenters staying in the front section. We enjoyed our stay and will go back if we are in the area. The convenience of being in town was very nice, yet you felt like you were in the country. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an old State Park campground and no one was there! It needs a lot of work. The campground itself sits right in Columbia, and you are close to all types of shopping. That is the only bonus to this campground. Not on our list of return to parks. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Family on the road

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

RV park reviews doesn’t indicate that this place is big rig friendly, but our 20-foot truck with 38-foot trailer had no problems, and we saw some bigger rigs too. The park was well-labeled with good signage; we had no trouble finding it. The roads to the campground were wide and paved, but the campground roads were narrower and gravel. We didn’t have any significant problems getting around on the roads, but a few turns were a little tight. Our parking space was reasonably level and sandy. Each spot had a fire ring, picnic table, and lots of shade. The nearest bathhouse didn’t have hot water, but we were able to walk to another one to take a shower. The water tasted okay, so we filled our tank. We enjoyed bike riding on the roads and trails. The park also had a lovely setting with a nice lake. We liked the Junior Ranger program: the prizes were better than most parks, and the playground was great. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for a couple of nights recently. The campsite was comfortable and level. It was a little interesting maneuvering a towing big rig between some of the trees, but a good test. The only thing we were disappointed in was the weather. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

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T. Garrell

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2009 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a wonderful spot if all you want to do is relax and shop. There wasn't much to do here. There is a lake, but because of rainy conditions we weren't able to fish. We will definitely return. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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