Walhalla, South Carolina: Abandoned Stumphouse Tunnel

The railroad wanted to get to Tennessee, but all they got was 1,600 feet of South Carolina.
Address:
Stumphouse Tunnel Rd, Walhalla, SC
Directions:
Four miles northwest of Walhalla on Hwy 28. Be careful of the winding road. Only one sign for the tunnel, and that is at the turnoff, which is a right (heading northbound) onto Stumphouse Tunnel Rd. Road ends at the tunnel entrance.
Hours:
Road to tunnel gated after dark.
Admission:
Free
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Abandoned Stumphouse Tunnel

Nice stop on a scenic drive. Be sure to walk to the observation point at Issaqueena Falls. Pack a picnic and enjoy the sounds.

[Elaine, 10/31/2017]

Stumphouse Tunnel.

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Stumphouse Tunnel is lots of fun -- worth the 8 hours round trip from my house.

[Matt Smith, 04/25/2017]

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Abandoned Stumphouse Tunnel

Neat place to check out. Take a flashlight -- it is dark. Make sure to climb the rock wall next to it!

[Blake, 09/03/2014]

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Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel

The tunnel would have been over 1.1 miles long if completed; the longest tunnel in the world at that time. This was done without dynamite. They dug from both ends and also dug down in four spots and then outward. There is a hole up to the mountaintop in the tunnel where the outside met the first shaft. It is almost always raining in the shaft and cold air pours out the opening. Bring a lawn chair to sit and chill in front of the tunnel and a flashlight to explore it.

[Marion, 08/30/2012]
Stumphouse Tunnel

The blurb about the Irish workers being slaughtered by Confederates is garbage. For one thing, work on the tunnel ceased prior to 1861, when the war began. For another thing, there would have been very few, if any, Confederate troops stationed in Walhalla (except maybe some Home Guards)...and no, Andrew Pickens would not have been the commander because he was a Revolutionary War general and would have been long dead during the War Between the States. Also, these workers were hired by the state of South Carolina government (not the U.S. government), so why would South Carolina troops kill them?

Despite all this, Stumphouse Tunnel is a wonderful place to visit and its true history is just as fascinating as the fiction nonsense. Many workers were killed by cave-ins and black powder explosions and there was once a village here where the Irish workers lived called Tunnel Town. It had its own Catholic church, blacksmith shop, and saloon. In the 1950's, Clemson used the tunnel to cure blue cheese, as its temperature is a constant 50 degrees year-round. There are also some interesting Indian legends involving Stumphouse Mountain and Issaqueena Falls.

Issaqueena Falls is located inside the same park and is an easy 5 minute hike from the parking lot. Bring a lunch -- there is a nice picnic area provided. Bring a flashlight -- the tunnel is very dark.

[Tiger Chad, 07/23/2009]

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