Calhoun Falls is located in Abbeville County south of Greenville between Greenwood and Calhoun Falls along Highway 72 near Sumter National Forest. Calhoun Falls is situated close to the Savannah River and the Georgia border.
Calhoun Falls was organized in the 1890s. The name Calhoun Falls was chosen for Colonel James Edward Calhoun, the owner of Millwood, a large estate on the Savannah River, and a relative of John C. Calhoun, the famous 19th century statesman.
Calhoun Falls is the center of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism in Abbeville County. Calhoun Falls State Park consists of 420 acres of woodlands right on the shores of Lake Russell. One mile north of Calhoun Falls off Scenic Highway 81, its facilities include 100 campsites, lighted marina, boat ramps, fishing pier, park store, swimming beach, bath houses, restrooms, nature trails, picnic areas with shelters, playgrounds and tennis courts.