Picture of Sesquicentennial State Park, a dog friendly attraction in Columbia, SC.
Entrance gates into Sesqui's dog park.
Picture of Sesquicentennial State Park, a dog friendly attraction in Columbia, SC.
Picture of Sesquicentennial State Park, a dog friendly attraction in Columbia, SC.
Picture of Sesquicentennial State Park, a dog friendly attraction in Columbia, SC.
Entrance gates into Sesqui's dog park.

Description

Sesquicentennial State Park, situated in the middle of the Sandhills region, features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas. The park’s proximity to downtown Columbia and interstate highways attracts both local residents and travelers. Sesqui, as it’s affectionately known, also features dog park which consists of a 2-acre, fenced-in area for dogs to run off-leash. A permit is required for each dog, available at the park office. Permits are $25/year, and are pro-rated depending on the date of purchase. Permits expire on July 1 of each year. Daily permits are available for $4. Important Notice! Dog must be present for photo identification to obtain dog park permit. Owners must provide current vaccination records showing proof of spayed/neutered, rabies, parvo and kennel cough. Dog permit fees do not include admission into the park.

Park Admissions: $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Sesquicentennial State Park has received a rating of 3.2 out of 5 bones by 11 canine critics on BringFido and 4.0 out of 5 in 139 traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

  • Mar. 27, 2019
    Worth It!

    Some of these reviews are a few years old. As of Spring 2019, the dog park is still shaded, popular, does have lots of regulars that have been coming for more than 10 years. Rangers are very attentive when asked, but do not hover. Rangers maintain the area well. The office hours are 9-5 seven days per week. And we love that you have to register to access. Dogs are expensive. Vet's are expensive. This park is close to 2 interstates, and you don't know what might come off the road traveling through. The small fee & registration with all the shot records keeps everyone safe in multiple ways. SC State Parks DO NOT RECEIVE TAXES to operate. All money collected at the park, is spent on this park! Oh, almost forgot. If you need a walk, put the leash back on the dog and explore the over 12 miles of shaded trails within the rest of the park. Great place!

  • More than a year ago
    5 stars

    It's funny to hear about the evil cliques in the dog park. Like anywhere else there are people, like me, who spend time in the dog park daily. A group of us meet every afternoon and there is a larger group in the morning. We embrace new members end try to help them and their dog settle in to the scene. Point out where the poop bags are kept, water, etc. We don't want to exclude anyone. Of course there are posted rules, that each person agrees to abide by when paying for their dogs numbered tag and key to get in the dog park. Occasionally people will bring food and can't understand why all the dogs are pestering them. That is why food is not allowed. $25 a year is a bargain, even if you visit a half dozen times.
    Yes there is no security here. I have visited dog parks in several states and none have security other than dog owners. If there is an issue of a vicious dog (or person) a call will get a ranger here in short order. Can't recall the last such occasion. Rangers do come by occasionally to refill the poop bag receptacles and cut grass, remove branches etc. This is the only dogpark in the state park system. We feel pretty lucky to have a system that guarantees the dogs in the park are current on shots and healthy. Maybe some people think they shouldn't have to pay a dog park fee. But that fee pays for maintaining the park, fencing, locks, benches,tables, etc.

  • More than a year ago
    not for travelers

    This park is not for anyone traveling through. The first part I have ever been to that is pay to play end it itemizes your part experience. If you live in the area they might be nicer to you but for us and we got the feeling we were unwelcome

  • More than a year ago
    Dog park

    The way they have the park ,you pay for key but yet you can give key to anybody ,they have no security there to make sure that you are the actual owner of the dog and paid for your way in the gate my dog has been bitten once and now went today and another dog try to bite her again so please be very careful on how you approach them dog parks cuz it's security up there is none at all went for a couple times it was okay the last couple times I had a dog bite my dog's tail almost off and they didn't help me pay no bills at all didn't do anything about it but barrow the owner ,but how they know if he don't come during the moring hours ,they have no body to ck.crazy .becareful. JUST A CONCREN DOG OWNER.

  • More than a year ago
    Worth the Drive

    I drive from West Columbia to this Dog Park. My dog loves playing with the other dogs, the friendly so called clique that has welcomed me and been a great social time for me as well as my dog. The dog park is kept clean and I don't mind the fact that they do charge (much lower than anything close to me in West Columbia) and that they confirm that all of the dogs are up to date with vaccines. Great park, great staff, great company. Worth the drive.

  • More than a year ago
    Dog Cliques

    We frequent the park! Lots of space for the dogs to run around. Toys available. Water bowls and pools available to cool off in. However, the people are very set in their ways and form cliques. Be careful not to let that alter your experience.

  • More than a year ago
    Beautiful Park

    Brought My Kobe to this Park for a walk. There was a lake that your dog can go in. There is a hiking trail with shallow swimming springs and holes for the dogs to get wet especially on hot summer days. Definitely recommend this park. We only paid $4 for my husband and I to enter.

  • More than a year ago
    best park in cola

    I see there are a lot of complaints about this park, but as a resident of columbia this is by far the best one! Yes there is a fee but it also makes sure the dogs are fixed and updated on shots. I feel better knowing that my dog is held to the same standards as other dogs. The dog park is big enough for the dogs to run around, sit in the shade, take a nap in the sun, or swim in the dog pools. Again, best dog park in the area!!

  • More than a year ago
    Post Your Office Hours More Clearly

    The office is only open from 11a-12p and 4p-5p so you only have a 1hr window to get a doggie day pass for the inclosed area, we got there at 1pm. Ended up walking the shaded trails but really bummed we didn't get to go in the dog park.

  • More than a year ago
    Bahhh

    Great Park to run/walk/bike around. I have dogs. I want to let them run.... They allow limited space for the dogs and on top of that you have to pay a fee. It's enough we pay taxes, yet they want more money. Boo!

  • More than a year ago
    Limited

    The Park is beautiful and well maintained. Pet friendly it is limited. Here you have a huge "Pond" and yet you cannot use it! No wading, swimming, dogs.... not even a canoe.

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