Stumphouse Park

Awesome public property for active pursuits!

photo of covered bridge along trail to viewing platform for Issaqueena FallsStumphouse 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.

Fun Facts:

  • 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.

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