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Due to a pine beetle timber salvage operation being conducted by SCDNR, the horse trails at McCalla are temporarily closed.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  For more information, please contact the Calhoun Falls State Park office, directly.

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6 a.m.- 6 p.m., daily (extended to 9 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time)


9 a.m.- 5 p.m., daily

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$3 adults; $1.50 SC seniors; $1 children age 6-15; age 5 & younger free

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Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.

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Things To Do

  • Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing in Lake Russell for bass, crappie, bream, walleye, stripers and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

    The fishing pier which extends out into Lake Russell is handicap accessible.
  • Tackle Loaner Program: Tackle Loaner: This park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. Rods and reels are available for loan at the park office.

  • Fishing: Yes
  • Freshwater Fishing: Yes
  • Boating and Boat Access: A boat ramp provides private boat access to Lake Russell.

    A lighted marina offers 36 rental boat slips. Thirty-two of the 36 slips include water and electricity and access to sewage pump-out, restroom with hot showers and in-boat refueling.

    Slips are rented on a yearly basis.

  • Boating: Yes
  • Boat Ramp: Yes
  • Park Store/Gift Shop: The park store is open year-round and includes firewood, live bait, tackle supplies, limited grocery items, souvenirs and snacks. The facility is handicap accessible.

  • Playground Equipment: Yes
  • Picnic Shelters: Yes
  • Swimming: Lake swimming is available in a designated swimming area at Calhoun Falls State Park. No lifeguards are on duty and you must swim at your own risk.

  • Tennis Courts: There are tennis courts available for visitor use.

  • Birding: Yes
  • Other Facilities and Activities: A basketball court is located in the day-use area for park visitors.

  • Equestrian Trails: McCalla State Natural Area is managed as a special resource park because of its varied natural and cultural resources, that provide outdoor recreation and educational opportunities. This future backcountry park is located in the northwest portion of Abbeville County, bordering Lake Russell, and consists of 6,239 acres.

    Numerous old homesite remains and the 200 year old Caldwell-Hutchison Farm House reflect the farming past of the area. The farms have been replaced by mixed forests creating an ideal wildlife habitat. Over 4,000 acres are presently under SCDNR Wildlife Management Area program. Whether entering by boat on unspoiled Lake Russell or traveling on the 10 mile horse trail, visitors will encounter a variety of backcountry outdoor experiences.

    More information can be obtained by contacting Calhoun Falls State Park at 864-447-8267.

  • Walking/Nature Trails: Calhoun Falls State Park offers a moderately difficult 1.75 mile loop trail, named the Cedar Bluff Nature Trail.

  • Hiking: Yes


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