Hike to Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel

Issaqueena Falls Parking Lot, Walhalla, South Carolina, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

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  • Season:

    Year Round

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  • RT Distance:

    1.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    250 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area

A great short hike with a long history, this park houses a pre Civil War tunnel, and a 200 foot cascading falls!

From Walhalla South Carolina, follow SC 28 westward 7 miles until you see Stumphouse Tunnel Park on the right-hand side of the road. Take this road halfway down, and park in the parking area on the right. 

From here, you can travel a short walk to the falls overlook, or, for the more adventurous types, you can scramble down 200 feet to view the falls up close and personal at the base. After you enjoy the falls, trek back up the small river valley to the parking lot. From here follow the gravel road (on foot or by vehicle, it should roughly a half mile to a mile) to the left until it terminates at Stumphouse Tunnel. The tunnel is 17 feet wide, 25 feet high, and nice and cool. A perfect respite for a balmy Summer day. Venture into the cave a few hundred feet and observe the massive hole in the ceiling and feel the water drops cool your skin. Feel free to check out a few of the other trails offered in the park or enjoy lunch at the picnic area found in between the falls and the tunnel! 

Issaqueena Falls is named after an old legend where an Indian maiden whose name was Issaqueena, warned settlers at a nearby fort about a potential Indian attack. Once the Indians learned of her betrayal, they pursued her to the falls where she pretended to jump over, but hid on the cascades and escaped. 

Stumphouse Tunnel began construction in the 1850's with a goal to link Charleston Harbor to Cincinnati OH. The tunnel only made it approximately 1600 feet, as funding and The Civil War interrupted the process. The cave later was bought by Clemson University in order to age Blue Cheese, but now is only an attraction.  

Pack List

  • Water (500mL - 1L) 
  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Camera
  • Light pack
  • Trail snacks or lunch at the picnic area
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This is an exceptionally beautiful cascading waterfall that is well worth the small amount of time it requires to walk to it. You can get to a viewing platform above the falls quite easily, but getting to the bottom of the falls is a bit steeper and more tricky. Well worth the view though

2 days ago
2 days ago

I almost forgot that I've been here. I haven't been to the tunnels, just the waterfall. It was recommended by a lady who owned the campgrounds I was staying at the night before visiting this place. It's her favorite. Her campgrounds are awesome, too! But again, my memory is failing me. I don't remember the name of the place, but it was very close to Issaqueena falls.

11 months ago
11 months ago

Brett Kelly

Research assistant at Iowa State University studying native brook trout populations in the driftless region. MTB, Hiking, Backpacking, and fishing.

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