Much of Abbeville County is a nature-lover’s paradise where the outdoor sportsman can enjoy hunting, fishing and camping in a beautiful setting. There are also numerous possibilities for hiking and biking through the rural countryside. Scenic Highway 81 runs along the shores of Lake Russell. The Richard Russell Dam Overlook is located off this highway near Calhoun Falls, offering visitors breathtaking views of this dam and picnic facilities.

South of Abbeville itself is the Long Cane District of the Sumter Natural Forest. Established in 1936 the forest is known for its wildlife management and recreation areas.