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Sesqui State Park

Average Rating:    (2.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

Very sandy, which is loose during the summer and packed during the winter. Not very technical, some tight sections, a few short, steep climbs.
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Latitude
34.09105159333242
Longitude
-80.90829849243164
Trail Directions
Take I-77 to Exit 17, Two Notch Road/Hwy. 1. Signs indicate which direction to take towards Sesqui, which will be on your right about 2 miles after the exit. Turn right into the park. The best place to park is by the "convention center" (really a small meeting building) on the left about 1/2 mile into the park. The trail begins to the left by the fitness trail. There is a small trail fee.
Trail Length
6 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Columbia
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Review Date
September 27, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: TallChris ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As others have said, it's best to ride this after rainfall due to all the sand. Even then, it's a good bit of random meandering through well-worn pine scrub. Highlights are some fast-moving S-turns, and a quick, rooty, 30-yard uphill scramble. As of this post, there are at least 4 larged downed pines on the trail.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Harbison, Manchester/Killer 3.



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Review Date
March 31, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jtmartin57 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
IMHO, Sesqui is not a destination trail but a good trail to ride after work when time is short or after the other trails in the area are too wet to ride after a rain. Sesqui can be quite sandy in spots... after all it is located in the sandhills region of the state... but this very characteristic lends itself to fast drainage after a rain. That said, Sesqui can be a fun trail to ride w/ young kids or adults who are just getting into the sport or who ride at the beginner level. The trail is not completely flat & you'll find a couple of nice "climbs" to warm the legs ;-) Trail is mostly singletrack & can be a big ring screamer when the sand has been smoothed out & packed in by mother nature. The state park itself is small but rather pleasant so it could be a nice spot to bag a ride & spend time w/ the family either camping, picnicing or playing on the park's pond.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise from TH follow the blue blazes on the park loop road to the singletrack (blue blazes as well) then back onto the park loop road (continuing in a CW direction) for a return to the TH. For extra miles hit the road & climb up to the fire tower for a nice 1/2 mile or so climb to elevate the HR & then blast down said climb at 40-45 mph to get the adrenaline going! This route will yield ~10 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Harbison, K3, Lynches



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Review Date
June 30, 2008

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: biobiker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Stopped off the interstate for a quick ride and was somewhat disappointed. The "trail" has very deep sand at the beginning of the trail. It gradually turns into some decent singletrack. However, this is short lived. The park has great potential for development. I wish that they would work more on the trail system.

Recommended Route:
The route is somewhat tough to follow. Just find a trail and hope for the best.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Santee State Park.



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Review Date
September 8, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Mcpiv ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is OK if you want to get in a quick ride. It does have a good bit of sand on it but it doesn't bother me that much. Not much climbing or technical stuff. I ride this tral sometimes after work when I don't have time to get out to Harbison ot to K3. You have to watch out for joggers on the bike trails.It's nice having a trail pretty much 10 minutes from downtown.

Recommended Route:
Parking lot to the loop, lather-rinse-repeat

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Harbison, K3



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Review Date
June 5, 2005

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: thammer62 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I just returned from riding this trail today. Drove an hour to ride it and to see some friends while in Columbia. Today is Sunday (early June) - it rained, and rained hard, every single day this week and this track was still sandy as a beach. They don't call this area the sandhills for nothing. I was about half way around the 6 mile loop and finally saw no sand in site on this downhill section... so I started hammering hard but what waits for me around the curve??? Another deep sand pit!!! Ate it hard. Thank goodness for helmets. Don't ride this trail unless it's raining cats and dogs in the middle of winter -- actually, don't ride it at all. I sure wont be returning. Now I know why the parking lot at the trail head was empty. I like a workout and all but I nearly asked for my $2 back after riding this beach. Harbison State forest, sorry I betrayed you for a day, I'm back now. I'd rate this trail a 2 out of 10, 10 being Tsali.

Recommended Route:
clockwise i guess

Other recommended trails in the same area:
HSF, Lynches woods, -- not sand hills (cheraw) or killer 3 (wedgefield) or this one... entirely too frustrating.



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