Our first camping adventure in the new camper was to Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, SC. We figured a state park would be an easy first trip and it would be another stamp in our SC State Parks Book.
Some of the Jon boats you could rent out
The camping area of the park is split into two sections. There is a smaller section at the front and a larger section further back. We stayed in smaller section. The sites were spread out nicely and we had woods behind us. We were within walking distance to all of the amenities. We did not have full hook ups here, just water and electric. Being a state park I don't think any site there had sewer hookups. There was a damp station as you left though. Each site does have a nice wood picnic table and raised metal fire-pit. There is no wi-fi and the service (despite being in Columbia) was shotty. So if those things are important to you this wouldn't be the best choice.
Their Splash pad was AWESOME
The campground did have clean well stocked bathhouses. They were on the small side but it was didn't seem to be a problem. They have two play ground areas, lots of shaded picnic areas, and a splash pad. There is also a large lake were you can fish, canoe, paddle boat, use a john boat, or paddle board around. There were well marked trails and a nice dog park. We checked all of these out except the dog park. Chester was with us but we weren't sure at that point how well he would do in a dog park.
So much beauty around this campground
We spent 3 nights here at Sesquicentennial. Despite the fact we were in the hottest part of the state in June it was a great trip. The whole park is beautiful and even if you don't take advantage of any of the extras it is a wonderful place to stay. The only thing you have to pay extra for is boat/canoe rentals. The rates are pretty cheap though. It is a public park though they sometimes have a lot going on. There were daycare's at the splash pad one day and a family reunion the next. It was busy in those areas but not horrible.
All in all we liked our stay and have no real complaints. The people were nice and the sites were nice. If you only go for the playgrounds, splash pad, and phone service it's not for you. If you're going to get away to relax a little, do some fishing, or hike a little then you're at the right place.