Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Don’t look for some big waterfall when you come to this lakeside recreation area. Before the damming of Richard B. Russell Lake, the Savannah River once flowed free. At high water, a rapid on the Savannah River, near where the Calhoun family resided, resembled a waterfall. Now, Calhoun Falls is just the name of a town and a nearby state recreation area centered on large Lake Richard B. Russell.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers developed this impoundment, the middle of three consecutive large reservoirs damming the Savannah River. Part of the Corps’ work was on Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area, which it turned over to the South Carolina state park system to manage. The walk-in tent sites here should serve as models for other parks to follow."