While I was planning a trip to visit family near Columbia, SC, I was so glad to find this scenic state park so close to them. I’m including pictures and info below not included on Malia’s Miles Sesquicentennial pages featuring the park overview, campgrounds and trails with many more pictures and details. If there are other sites you’d like to see when planning a stay here, please comment below and I’ll post them for you.
This turned out to be my favorite shot of the new bridge. It was such a scenic, peaceful spot that I returned to many times during my stay to sit on the nearby bench or picnic table and just enjoy the views.
The entire park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930’s and one of their projects was this Picnic Shelter #1. You’ll see it before reaching the bridge, featuring a fireplace on either side. More info on picnic shelters rental.
Across the path, this little boy had fun feeding the ducks.
These kids also seemed to enjoy the playground next to the Park Office.
Stacy Jenkens is the Park Interpreter and hosts programs for young and old kids alike, sharing info on the park’s flora and fauna. She pointed out this turtle alongside the paved lake path. What a great resource! More info on Programs and Events at Sesqui.
There were so many beautiful scenes to enjoy alongside Centennial Lake. Water lillies are some of my favorites!
I also appreciated other historic features in the park, like this log cabin. This is located at the entrance to the Dog Run. Info from sign:
Hewn by Hand for the Ages:
This log house was built by hand out of longleaf pine logs sometime during the 18th or 19th centuries. An early attempt to date it through tree ring analysis indicated that it was constructed in 1754. Though more detailed study is needed to confirm this date, it is likely that the log house is one of the earliest surviving buildings in the area. The house was originally located on the northwest side of Columbia. It was in such poor condition that it had been condemned, and was saved by the Odom family and the Women’s Club of Columbia who donated it to the state.
Speaking of history, during my family visit, I stayed with my mom while my brother and sister-in-heart went on vacation. During this time, we celebrated her 87th birthday! Happy birthday, mommy!
But I especially got a kick out of this ingenious idea my brother had for helping mom work her remote. He put plastic tabs over the buttons she didn’t need so she could more easily “get my soap.”
I want one of these “back buttons” in real life for when I get into trouble!!!
August, 2013: Now I’m back in Tennessee to continue my explorations of this amazing state and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I love it so much, I intend to stay until the Fall of 2014 and still wonder if that will give me enough time to fully see everything I have planned. See Malia’s Miles Tennessee pages for what I’ve done and just a portion of what I’m still planning. Would love to hear from other RVers who have passed this way and would like to share their “must-sees.”