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Sesquicentennial State Park

Columbia, South Carolina


9564 Two Notch Rd
Columbia, South Carolina 29223
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 87
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.09873
Longitude: -80.91027

Elevation: 453' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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33 Reviews

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Sesquicentennial seems like a real gem for day-use locals -- a beautiful lake with kayaks & paddleboats; a very nice playground & splash pad; quiet even in the midst of a city. So why the low rating? Unfortunately the campground doesn't match that same standard. Probably half the sites are unsuitable for RV -- or even tent -- use. The others are wildly unlevel, washed out, too small, obstructed by vegetation & roots, etc. The campground is the narrowest I've ever tried to navigate; trees right on top of the road. Our first site was unusable; fortunately the campground had plenty of vacancy, and we were able to find another that worked better. If you know the campground, and can pick yourself a good spot, then it's quite nice. If you aren't so lucky, you might not have much of a viable camping trip at all. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
70
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 214
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

About the Rates: The rates listed on Reserve America site show $21 per night during the week and $27 per night on weekends. This is the second State Park I've stayed at this year in South Carolina and despite what they tell you it works out to about $30/night +- with 12% tax. Basics: This is a park that use to be out in the country but is now a urban park. There is a constant hum of traffic but it's not too intrusive. The roads are gravel and tight in several places but wide enough and the turns are gentle, set up right and go slow and it's not a problem. Sites are gravel and most are reasonably flatish but some are pretty sloped. Picnic table and fire ring at each site along with 20/30 amp power only and water. No sewer but the dump station is on the way out along with the one dumpster they have for the campground fill your fresh water tank at your site. The bathrooms are not handicap friendly. They are clean, a bit old but functional with good pressure and lots of hot water, . No wifi but Verizon phone and Mifi work just fine. Multiple hiking and biking trails in the park with a nice lake for fishing and paddling around in. They rent canoes and kayaks. This Park CG is the closest to Congaree National Park, about 10-14 miles to downtown points in Columbia, and shopping is close. If you are beer lover they have 5 breweries and brew pubs in town. We'd stay here again. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
68
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Congaree National Park, Costco, Trader Joe's, Multiple breweries, Historic Sites, great restaurants.

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Review Count: 93
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very large State Park located in the metropolitan Columbia area. Interior roads were gravel and a little tight but able to navigate with a 39-foot fifth wheel by going slowly . The sites are extra long but tree roots made leveling a little difficult. The water and 30 amp electric works efficiently as we were heavily shaded. OTA television was easily obtained and there was both Verizon and Sprint service. Dump station located at entrance to Campground. The ranger store had limited hours, but did have firewood available in side. Lots of activities including a lake, water park, and many trails. This park was located about 15 to 30 minutes to Congaree National Park depending on traffic. We would stay here again. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We signed up a month in advance for a ranger guided canoe tour of Congaree National Park which was a wonderful way to see the interior. We also did tours of three historic homes through the Columbia preservation Society. There is a good barbecue restaurant directly across the street from the park entrance called Maurice's piggy Park.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We've stayed at this campground twice. Pretty large sites... some more level than others. Lots of trails to walk and explore, boat and kayak rentals, and they do have a splash pad for kids. The park rangers are very helpful here. Call ahead and give them your travel trailer or RV information and what you are looking for and they'll help you find a site that is perfect for you. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you are from out of town and looking for a place that is close to shopping and downtown, this park is very close to both.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

As stated before, this is an rv campground in the middle of Columbia, SC. Sometimes, you could hear the traffic but it was minimal. Necessities are outside the park on the left and right. Groceries, restaurants, etc. The park has a great lake for boating and kayak, paddle boats and canoes can be rented at the Ranger Station. There is o campstore, but the ranger office has a lot of souvenirs. Privacy is the key here. Most of the sites have shrubbery separating the sites giving a lot of privacy. Most of the sites on loop b are level or will level with minor blocking. The showers and restrooms were dated, but clean. A remodel or update would drastically improve both. Entrance and exit must be done at a slow pace if you have a long camper/coach due to the trees and the angle of approach on the road. There is a lot of evidence that some have not taken this care and caution. When leaving, I could not enter the dump station due to the length of my camper, but I was able to pass it and then back into it. No 50A, sewer, cable or wifi. I did receive about 15 digital channels though. The Park Rangers were friendly, helpful and patrolled the campground often. This really is a delightful place to get away from everything for a couple of days. I will return. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Sesqui State Park is a moderately quiet respite in the quite busy city of Columbia, SC. There is the ongoing hum of traffic on the highways, but the park is smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest areas of Columbia, on Two Notch Road. Pretty heavily treed but we were able to get satellite from our roof mounted unit on Site # 3. The park does not have sewer, but we were able to reach sewer with a 30' hose from Site # 3. The road going into the campground is very tight and makes a hard right onto a narrow bridge with cinder block columns around it. Many people have hit the column with their rigs, watch out on your way in. Verizon voice and data service is great of course, it is in the city. There is a dog park, but it is a lot of red tape to use it, and they charge a fee either annually or daily, so we sought out our own area for off leash time and had no problems. There is fishing, canoeing, hiking available. Boat rentals available. Staff and Campground hosts were very friendly. Great place for a stopover when traveling through SC. 30 Amp & water only. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This park is in a major commercial district of the city. All services one would expect in a city are located nearby.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

A State park within the city limits is rare. The sites were placed so no one saw anyone one else's door so privacy was achieved. Great hiking, kayak rentals, water & electric with a dump station. Fills up on weekends, while we were there it was camping and football fans. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The ballet in Columbia was surprisingly top notch. Rossi Casual Italian in Forest Glen uses local current produce and designs the dishes accordingly while also having the sat by Italian fare.

I also rented a kayak for $15/day on the man made lake here.

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S-K

Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

The site we booked online was a pull through. When we got into it, there was no clearance for our slides. Had to trek around the park to find something better that would fit and was available. Some sites would barely accommodate a tent due to size and slope. This park seems to be way down the list for maintenance and care. Rough, narrow, and twisty driveway around the campground. Just inches of clearance between trailer and trees on many of the curves. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
030
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 46
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Really nice park with lots of room between most sites. Water an Electric was on wrong side or at front of site on many sites. Roads were narrow with Pines on edge of roadway but we had no problems in a 33 ft Class A with Toad attached. Very nice Splash Pad and lake with rentals for canoeing,kayaking , and paddle boarding. Pedal boats also available for rent. No swimming or wading in lake. Great hiking trails that were easy to moderate in length and difficulty. Plenty of food and shopping close by . We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
078
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Maurice BBQ right across from the entrance and Wal Mart, Bi Lo grocery and Lowes all within a couple of miles.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

The park sites are gravel and heavily wooded. There is a water feature for kids to play in. There had been heavy rains and water in the office but it has been remodelled. The road is in need of grading, very bad holes and must travel very slowly to prevent damage to the rig. I was surprised at the amount of trash in the site. This is unusual for SC state parks. I do not know who is responsible for cleaning the sites but they certainly are not doing their job and the sites do need cleanup. We picked up the debris in our site and put it all in the fire pit. This should be brought to the attention of the park administrators as it leaves a bad impression. I also think the entrance to the camping area needs attention. The entrance to the park is beautiful but when you get to the campground it is another story. It does not look good at all. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
48
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This is a quiet state park conveniently located near Columbia, SC. and lots of shopping nearby. Easy access from I-77 and not too far from I-26.

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

This park is not for the big rigs. The road inside the campground is not that good and some have ruts. You slowly have to get around the trees that are close to the road's edge. It would be hard to get a large fire engine into this park if needed. Some sites easy to get into and some not so much because of the trees. The street at the entrance of the campground (inside the park) is only one lane. Tight turns. Park staff friendly. We will not stop again. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

This was our fourth stay at Sesquicentennial state park. We have 36 foot fifth wheel camper. We've never had any problems with the sites we were on. Very level, lots of room to maneuver to park and set up things. We've always stayed in loop 2 - two of our visits were in January. Rangers come through quite often. And the camp hosts are very helpful.

Bathrooms and shower areas are kept clean.

Walking trail is awesome!

When leaving our loop there is one area that is not very wide - but we have never had any problems as long as we go slow and we've seen big class As go through with no problems- just go slow. Highly recommend this campground. Close to lots of things to do in Columbia. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
51 loop 2
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of trails within park. City of Columbia is just outside the gate - always something going on in the city. Lots of restaurants and shopping close by.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop 1 Site 22
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

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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