It was a hot day in July when I visited Calhoun Falls State Park and I didn’t give it the due it deserved, but I did enjoy my visit. They have a nice visitor center and store that I visited. I took a walk around the swimming area as well. There’s a nice beach with shower facilities. Close to the ranger station and shore are picnic tables shaded by tall trees with great views of Lake Russell. There’s even a marina.
I’m told the campground is one most popular ones in the state. If it hadn’t been so hot, I might have asked if a space was available, but one probably has to make reservations for the sites here.
The park is located on Lake Richard B. Russell created by the Russell dam, one of several on the Savannah River. There’s an overlook of the dam south of US72. The park occupies one of the many points that jut out into the lake.
Along with swimming facilities, the park offers fishing, equestrian trails, and hiking trails, one I had to pass up on, but next time. There’s also a tennis court and a playground and plenty of views of the lake.
The park is also referred to as Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area.
How to Get There:
Calhoun State Park is off SC81, north of where it intersects with SC72 in the town of Calhoun Falls.
What’s Close By:
Sumter National Forest
Mt. Carmel Park