Latest visit: September, 2014 – When my brother and family moved to the Columbia area and I was coming there for a visit, I was happy to see that Sesquicentennial State Park was so close to them. It was surprising to me how few RV Parks are convenient to Columbia, so to me this was the perfect temporary home. It combines the things I prefer – a quiet, woodsy campground, but with the convenience of electricity and water hookups. My first visit was in July, 2013, and then I returned in late September, 2014 for another family visit before heading south to Austin for the holidays.
So many other campers I talked to here gave the same reason for loving this park. One called it a little bit of country within the city – “a quiet oasis” where they felt safe and secluded but still within easy distance to all modern conveniences like shopping and restaurants just outside the park on Two Notch Road (Hwy. 1). Since the campground is a mile off the highway, no noise from it disturbs the peace here.
This was my first view of the 30 acre Centennial Lake. I really enjoyed this view of the fisherman with the almost-full moon rising. The most frequent catches here are bass and bream.
There is a long, paved path alongside and here you can rent paddle or fishing boats, canoes and kayaks. There’s a little island in the middle with a small dock offshore. See more info on fishing and boating below.
Open seasonally Friday-Sunday (9am – 5pm); store with some groceries, snacks, drinks for sale, boat rentals on weekends here.
Along the path, ducks and geese share the lake.
Picnic shelter #1 with a fireplace on both ends built by the CCC in the late 1930’s. There are various shelters around the park, but this one is right on the paved path lakeside.
Along the path you can sit or picnic while enjoying the views under the gorgeous, shady oak trees.
Right past the scene above is this new bridge to get across to the rest of the path (not paved but crushed gravel). See Sandhills Hiking Trail for those beautiful, peaceful scenes.
Bridge view from the path to the right after crossing over.
One perk of the heavier than normal rainfall was the overflowing spillway. Don’t miss this on the right side of the paved portion alongside the lake of the Sandhills Hiking Trail, not far from the bridge. You can cross the bridge and turn right to get to the other side of the spillway. If you turn left, you can continue on the 2 mile Sandhills Hiking Trail.
General Park Info:
Location/Contact: 9654 Two Notch Road; Columbia, SC 29223 – (803) 788-2706
1,419 acres total, 30 acre Centennial Lake.
Gated entrance; locked at 9:00 pm (campers are given combination). Separate entrance fees are not charged to campers.
The park was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930’s. Evidence of their craftsmanship is still present today. The park also contains a two-story log house, dating back to the mid 1700’s, which was relocated to the park in1969. This house is believed to be the oldest building still standing in Richland county.