Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaqueena Falls

January 29, 2016 | Will Hall
Last updated on August 19, 2016

Stumphouse Tunnel

The 1,617 foot long Stumphouse Tunnel is an oddity. Started in 1852 by the Blue Ridge Railroad to connect Charleston to Knoxville and eventually on to Cincinnati, the Civil War—and lack of funds—brought construction to a halt. While there were various efforts to revive the tunnel, none of them came to pass and it stands today as a monument to the efforts of pre-Civil War engineering. Down the path a short distance is Issaqueena Falls, a beautiful waterfall with easy access by a 200-300’ wide, gentle, graveled path to a wooden lookout platform with a rail and seating. The park also includes a picnic shelter.

Issaqueena Falls

An easy 5-minute walk from the parking area on a well-maintained path takes visitors to a viewing platform overlooking the falls. The descent to the base of the falls is steep and challenging

Admission: $2 Parking Fee

Photography credits: Rich Stevenson

Stumphouse Tunnel Rd
Walhalla, SC 29691

Phone: (864) 638-4343

Hours: Open daily 10am-5pm except Christmas Day and inclement weather

Traveler Reviews

★★★★★Really cool waterfalls, but to see the bottom of the falls (the best part) is no easy task. No flip-flops!April 12, 2017
★★★★★It was great. Weather was excellent and the trails and sites were very informative.April 1, 2017
★★★★★Very beautiful. The climb down and back up isn't as bad as it looks. Had a great time there. March 20, 2017
★★★★★Truly love this place. Stumphouse Tunnel is closed, but the falls a beautiful. It is pretty cold in the winter.March 18, 2017