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Camp on the Shores of Lake Russell at Calhoun Falls State Park

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Have you visited Calhoun Falls State Park? My family and I recently started the Ultimate Outsider Challenge through South Carolina State Parks. We’ve quickly made our way through most of the parks in the Upstate and wanted to start branching out to some of the ones further away. When I saw a friend’s pictures of her family’s camping trip to Calhoun Falls State Park, I knew I had to go see it for myself.

Calhoun Falls State Park in South Carolina

See our Ultimate Guide to All 47 South Carolina State Parks to find your next adventure!

Calhoun Falls State Park Camping: The Campgrounds

Situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Russell, these Calhoun Falls campground sites are some of the most desired in the SC state park system. There are 86 standard (RV or tent sites with water and electricity) and 14 walk-in tent sites. We stayed at one of the walk-in sites which are scattered along one of the points jutting out into the lake. 

View of campsite with hammock and tent at Calhoun Falls State Park

The tent sites do not have electric hook-ups but they do have shared water pumps. I chose T8 because it has one of the larger tent pads. We just bought a new tent and I was nervous about it being too big for the other sites. After being there though, I think it would have been fine at any of them.

Our site was the closest to the parking area and had a trail down to the water. The shore was grassy where we were but some of the other sites had little rocky beach areas that would be great spots for kids to splash.

Path leading to Lake Russell at campgrounds at Calhoun Falls State Park

The tent-only campground has an outdoor shower area and single bathrooms. The standard campground nearby has two full-bathroom buildings with showers and two playgrounds. There is also a basketball court and tennis courts. RV campers will have to contact the park directly to ensure golf carts are allowed.

Calhoun Fall State Park camping is highly recommended for families with children, but with close water access, be mindful of younger children who can not swim.

Cedar Bluff Nature Trail

During our stay, we checked out the Cedar Bluff Nature Trail. It is the only hiking trail at the park and is a 1.75-mile easy-to-moderate loop hike through the forest. The signage is not great so be careful as you go. We took a wrong turn at one point and ended up at one of the campground playgrounds instead of finishing the loop as we had planned. But it’s a pretty trail with multiple wooden bridges and steps and we didn’t mind getting lost in nature for a while.

Family walking hiking the nature trail at Calhoun Falls State Park

More Things to Do at Calhoun Falls State Park

We stuck to camping and hiking during our visit, but Calhoun Falls offers many other activities, especially on the lake. It’s the perfect spot for boating, paddling, and fishing. There is also a marina with rental boat slips available.

If you forget anything at home, the gift shop has you covered. It is definitely the nicest state park store I’ve been to! We stopped in on our first morning to register and to get some cold treats for the kids and I was impressed at how much it had to offer from bundles of wood and s’mores ingredients to souvenirs and clothing items.

Line of boats at the marina at Calhoun Falls State Park

Visit Calhoun Falls State Park


46 Maintenance Shop Road
Calhoun Falls, SC

Hours and Admission

The park is open from 6am – 6pm (extended to 9 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time) and the Park Office is open from 9am – 5pm, daily.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children age 6-15. Children 5 and under are free. Admission is free for Park Passport holders.

The Ultimate Guide to All 47 South Carolina State Parks: Everything You Need to Know

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Are you new to South Carolina and want to start getting outside and exploring our SC State Parks? Are you a local who wants to branch out and try a new park state park near Greenville, SC for camping or hiking? We’ve put this guide together to help with your adventures! From the Upstate to the Coast, we have the details for all 47 South Carolina State Parks.

SC State parks

This article includes:
South Carolina State Parks in the Upstate
South Carolina State Parks in the Midlands
Coastal South Carolina State Parks
SC State Park Passports, Annual Admission Membership Program
SC State Park’s Ultimate Outsider Incentive Program
Junior Ranger’s Kids Program
Kids in Parks SC State Park Program


An Upstate Outdoor Favorite: Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for a place to enjoy the great outdoors in Greenville, SC? Paris Mountain State Park, located 15 minutes outside the city of Greenville off State Park Road, is a staple to the Greenville outdoorsy community. You can hike over 17 miles of trails, mountain bike the ridge, and even take a swim with the kids in Lake Placid. The park has multiple trails of varying difficulty.

Plus, Paris Mountain has family-friendly camping sites that make camping more enjoyable. Find out all of the things the only state park in Greenville has to offer in our handy guide.


Sadlers Creek State Park: Fishing and Swimming Spots Abound in this Anderson Park, SC

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Have you visited Sadlers Creek State Park? There are 47 South Carolina State Parks and many are definitely worth the drive from Greenville. KAG Contributor Andrea Beam is exploring the state parks across South Carolina. After she visited Sadlers Creek State Park she wanted to share her visit with our readers. We think you’ll love the beautiful scenery and amenities of this state park in Anderson, SC.

Love SC State Parks as much as we do? Be sure to check out Kidding Around Greenville’s State Park Guide to All 47 State Parks!


Oconee State Park: Play Mini-Golf at this SC State Park

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Have you visited Oconee State Park in Mountain Rest, SC? This state park has everything from mini-golf to wooden checker tables, great hiking, and boating on the lake. Local mom Andrea Beam visited with her family and is sharing her experience!

Looking for other things to do in Oconee County? Check out our Guide to Oconee County to plan the perfect day trip throughout this gorgeous Upstate county!

We set out on an overcast (misting rain, which is so much worse, if you ask me) day to visit two parks.  Our first stop, Oconee State Park, made a mess of our well-laid plans. There’s so much to do, even in the rain!

Driving through the park, I felt like we were adventuring through the Blue Ridge Parkway. So much foliage, it didn’t matter that it was raining.