Awesome public property for active pursuits!
Stumphouse Park encompasses 440-acres and includes: Stumphouse Tunnel, Issaqueena Falls, the Stumphouse Passage of the Palmetto Trail, the Blue Ridge Railroad hiking trail, and Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park.
Stumphouse Park FAQs:
- Stumphouse Park borders Sumter National Forest in the Andrew Pickens Ranger District.
- Stumphouse Park is maintained by the City of Walhalla.
- Park Entrance Fee is $5 per vehicle.
- Annual Passes are available from Walhalla City Hall.
- $25 Annual Pass (Oconee County Residents)
- $35 Annual Pass (Non-Oconee County Residents)
- FREE for City of Walhalla Residents (must present photo ID and water bill)
- The park has picnic tables and restrooms.
- A large covered event pavilion is available to rent.
- Half day
- Contact Walhalla City Hall for pavilion rental (864) 638-4343 weekdays from 8:30am-5:00pm.
- Stumphouse Tunnel was dug using hand tools prior to the Civil War, but never completed.
- Approximately 1/4 mile of the tunnel is open to the public.
- This is a cool family-friendly site.
- The tunnel maintains a constant temperature of 50 degrees year-round
- For decades Clemson University cured bleu cheese inside the tunnel.
- Issaqueena Falls is in the vicinity of Stumphouse Tunnel.
- You can walk from one to the other.
- It is a bit of a distance, so you may want to drive to the other parking area.
- To see Issaqueena Falls, it is an easy 1/4 mile walk from the parking lot to an observation deck.
- There is a rough trail from observation deck to the bottom of the falls, but the path is quite dangerous and visitors are not encouraged to take it.
- The Stumphouse Passage of the Palmetto Trail is accessible from the center of the park
- This is the terminus of the western end of the Palmetto Trail, a multi-use trail system that stretches over 500 miles across South Carolina.
- The Blue Ridge Railroad hiking trailhead is located at the top of Issaqueena Falls parking lot
- This trail and is 2.5 miles of easy-to-moderate hiking through the forest with amazing views of the upstate.
- Yellow Branch Falls is close to Stumphouse Park. There is a parking area (no fee) on the other side of Hwy. 28. It takes approximately 45 minutes one-way to hike to Yellow Branch Falls, but it is an amazing waterfall.