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 future backcountry park is located in the northwest portion of Abbeville County, bordering Lake Russell, and consists of 6,239 acres.
Numerous old homesite remains and the 200 year old Caldwell-Hutchison Farm House reflect the farming past of the area. The farms have been replaced by mixed forests creating an ideal wildlife habitat. Over 4,000 acres are presently under 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.