McCalla State Natural Area

Trail Activities: t

  • Equestrian


10.0 miles





Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


Over 4,000 acres are presently under the 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.

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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 backcountry area is located in the northwest portion of Abbeville County, bordering Lake Russell, and consists of 6,239 acres.

Starting from the parking area, you have a choice of a large loop, or a short out and back section with a loop at its end that encircles a peninsula of Richard B. Russell Lake. Blue Carsonite posts with arrows or blue paint marks on trees provide you with directions for a pleasant ride through overgrown fields and along sloping shorelines. No facilities are available on the trail, but a portable restroom is provided at the parking area. Compliance with State Parks Rules and Regulations, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lease Agreement must be kept.

Note: Horse riding is permissible, on designated trails only, year round Sunday - Friday (No Saturday riding). Horses are prohibited outside of the Special Use Area. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited on the horse trail and motorized vehicles are prohibited behind barricades or closed gates and in areas otherwise posted as "Closed to Vehicles."

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Camping: Calhoun Falls State Park provides camping. Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at to make your reservations today!


From Abbeville: Drive west on SC 71 to Lowndesville. Just past the curve in Lowndesville, turn left onto Abbeville County S-1-65. McCalla State Natural Area and the trailhead are at the end of S-1-65.

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Calhoun Falls State Park | 46 Maintenance Shop Road, Calhoun Falls, SC 29628 | (864) 447-8267 | Email

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources | 2751 Highway 72 East, Abbeville, SC 29620 | (864) 223-2731

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | 5625 Anderson Highway, Hartwell, GA 30643 | (706) 717-0813

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Lat: 34.14507262226294
Long: -82.67831930757878