South Carolina parks, along with many other state park systems, require reservations be made more than 3 days before your stay through Reserve America (http://southcarolinaparks.reserveamerica.com) or by calling 1-866-345-PARK, otherwise you are at the mercy of walk up sites, or first come first serve sites.
Sesquicentennial State Park is very close to Columbia and, as we had no reservation and were arriving on a Friday, we figured we’d better get there early in the day to be sure to get one of the 3 “walk-up” sites.
We arrived around 1 o’clock and found a few sites to choose from. After we checked in and got settled, we enjoyed having the extra time in the afternoon to bike and play before the rain set in. As we sat cozy in our home, we watched folks struggle to set up their tents in the rain and make dinner. It was here that we realized that we are not camping. We are quite comfortable in our house. It is just that our house happens to be parked in one lovely spot or another.
Sesquicentennial Park was established by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The tall loblolly pines towered over the flowering dogwoods, making the campground really pleasant. Our stay was short and it rained most of the time we were there so we did not experience boating or fishing on the 30-acre lake or hiking or biking the trails through the sand hills.
The standard sites with 30 amp electrical hook ups and water are $18 a night. 17 sites can accommodate RV’s up to 35 feet. Some are pull throughs. Other sites have sand tent pads. Primitive group camping is also available.Restrooms are centrally located for showers and such. There is a dump station available upon exiting the campground. Pets are allowed in the park on a leash. There is also a dog park available with the obtainment of a permit.
Overall, this is a convenient, inexpensive and easy park with nice sites and activities to help you forget you are so close to urban Columbia. I was additionally quite pleased with our stay at this park because, as I explored the local shopping options I found a Kroger! A nice, new Kroger with familiar products and a good organic and non-GMO selection. I was in heaven! Is this sad? Maybe, but being the one in our family who does most of the shopping and cooking, I feel some pressure to stock our pantry and fridge with familiar, well-liked, higher quality foods, especially with a picky little eater like Jon.