Sesquicentennial Lake Hike

December 2, 2018 • Columbia, SC

Enjoy an easy 2.4 mile loop hike around 30-acre Sesquicentennial Lake...
Easy walking on a paved woodland trail with an abundance of flora and fauna...
Stroll over boardwalks and listen to burble of the waterfall...

Our hiking route is a short 2.4 mile loop that is accessible to walkers of all abilities.

There is a nominal entrance fee charged by the park: $5 for adults, $3.25 for seniors, and $3 for children ages 6-15. Children 5 and under enter the park for free.

Meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty of Sesquicentennial State Park just minutes from Columbia, SC, and less than 2 hours from Charlotte, NC and Greenville, SC.


Registration Is Free

Instead of charging a fee, we ask your help raising funds for mental health research and trail maintenance.

It's fast and easy! When you register, you will be able to personalize a sponsorship page and share it through email and your favorite social media such as Facebook or Instagram. How does it work?  

Every little bit helps, and there is no minimum to raise – we just ask that you help us spread the word, then come join us on the trail.

Get a Free Hiking Shirt

Our quick-dry shirts look and feel great, on or off the trail.

Every registered hiker who raises at least $100 will receive a HIKE for Mental Health shirt as a token of our appreciation.

Available in men's or women's sizes SMALL – XXL.

When you register, we will ask your size preference. Once you reach $100 in donations to your fundraising page, we will get your shirt to you.

If you hit the $100 ten days before the hike, your hike leader will have your shirt for you on hike day. Otherwise, we will mail it to you after the hike.

So help us raise money and awareness for this great cause.

For a Good Cause

HIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

All contributions are tax deductible, and 100% of the hike donations support our mission.

Eighty cents of every dollar funds mental health programs, including break-through scientific research into PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar spectrum disorders, depression and other major mental ilnesses. Through research we can find better ways to alleviate the suffering that affects 1 in 4 American families.

The remaining twenty cents maintains wilderness trails across the U.S. By supporting non-profit, volunteer groups that care for our trails, we help preserve wilderness experiences for generations to come. Where the money goes.

Hike Details

Location: Sesquicentennial State Park, Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223
Date: December 2, 2018
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 2.4 miles.
Difficulty level: Easy. Most of the trail is paved with minimal up's and down's.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely! A great hike for beginners.
Registration fee Registration is free.
Pet friendly? Dogs are welcome in the park but must be on a leash no longer than 6 ft.
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $1,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every hiker raised $150, we would get very close to our goal.
Free shirt: Hikers who raise $100 or more will receive a free HIKE for Mental Health quick-dry hiking shirt.
Hike director: Emily Ellis

Erin Foddrill is a wife and mom of two boys and two cats. She is a geriatric psych nurse with a love for adventure. "I started hiking at a young age and found my love for it on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I have generalized anxiety disorder and depression; hiking has become my therapy, my good place, my place to hide my worries and to enjoy my fit in the world. I chose this trail for our hike because it is beautiful and easily accessible."

Trail Map

Every HIKE for Mental Health is an opportunity to:

  • get away from the hustle and bustle of work-a-day life and enjoy the beauty of Nature
  • renew old friendships and make new ones
  • have a great time hiking with a good group of people
  • stand up against the stigma of mental illness
  • discover your new favorite get-away
  • raise money for a great cause

Come on out and join us!


If you have any questions or ideas, please contact us.

We are glad to talk with you about your hike and how you can help HIKE for Mental Health.

We hope you will make HIKE for Mental Health a part of your hike.

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