Issaqueena Falls

Stumphouse Tunnel Park, Hwy. 28, Walhalla, SC 29691

A beauty of a waterfall in Walhalla, SC.


Issaqueena Falls

Walhalla, South Carolina

Photo taken by Joseph Hinson

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Located on Hwy 28 just inside Sumter National Forrest near Walhalla, SC. The park is a very short walk from Stumphouse Tunnel, an abandoned railroad tunnel now open to hikers.

There is an interesting story behind the name of the waterfall. Legend is that the falls is named named for a Creek Indian maiden named Issaqueena who had been captured by the Cherokees.She met and fell in love with a white trader named Allan Francis. When she learned that the Cherokee were planning an attack on the fort where Francis and his people resided, she warned the white settlers.

When the Cherokee tribe came after her, Issaqueena saw them coming and knowing that they believed evil spirits lived in waterfalls, she pretended to jump over the edge of the waterfall but instead she hid on a ledge behind the falls making her pursuers believe she had perished. She remained there until they were gone and it was safe to come out.

Viewing Isaqueen Falls 

Written by Joseph Hinson

Viewing the magnificent falls is easy for all from the top. As you go down off the beaten path, it gets harder depending on your skill level and knees.

Look for the entrance as you enter the Sumter National Forest on Hwy. 28 outside of Walhalla. You will go down a steep and curving road and come to the entrance of the waterfall. (The entrance to the Stumphouse Tunnel is just down the road, but you can easily park in one spot and go to both.)

Look for the footbridges and a clearly marked path. There is an overlook from the very top of the falls. A gentle path leads to a second overlook of the actual falls. However, a moderate to difficult path under the platform leads to be views. The path might seem difficult at first, but small children could do it on the day I was there.

And the views from below are worth it.

Also, there is an even lower level which offers even more amazing views. We did not go on this path and cannot provide testimony to the difficulty. A picture on Flickr gives proof tha the view is better from down there.

The Park is open daily from 10am to 5pm except Christmas Day and inclement weather. Admission is free. There are no camping facilities or drinking water provided. There are outhouse restrooms and picnic sites.

In addition to bringing your own water, you may want to bring a flashlight for the tunnel.

Update Log 

  • April 8, 2013: Essay added by Joseph Hinson
  • April 8, 2013: Added by Joseph Hinson