Issaqueena Falls, Walhalla

Isaqueena Falls, located near Walhalla, South Carolina, is a 100ft high cascade waterfall in the Oconee District of the Sumter National Forest. The falls are named after a Cherokee girl who allegedly leaped from the top of the falls with her lover, an Oconee brave, in an attempt to hide him from the rest of her tribe, which was at war with the Oconee. Isaqueena allegedly then hid him in the recessed area just below the top of the falls. It is very close to Stumphouse Tunnel, another notable local landmark. Today a small park provides access to both places.
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  • This was a great place to visit that we stumbled upon, we had a great time and got some great photos of the area.  more »
  • This was our first stop on our trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Short walk in and nice falls. Also a tunnel right down the road. Lots of History with signage to read. Glad we took the detour.  more »
  • This "hike" is just a few yards from the parking area to the viewing platform. But it's a good view. The challenge that is well worth the effort is to go down the very steep path to the bottom of the ...  more »
  • Beautiful waterfall. Nice hike down, nothing too strenuous. There is a swimming hole a bit further down as well. There are picnic tables with overhang at the entrance. Parking lot is gravel/ packed dirt.
  • Great park but the trails could use some help
  • Gorgeous in the fall with the leaves turning colors
  • Isaqueena waterfall is a one of many beautiful waterfalls in the blue ridge mountains. This is a great place for those who want to see all nature's beauty, but may not be physically capable or interested in hiking. There is a parking area close to the overlook with great views of the falls. There are sitting areas and outdoor restrooms. They also have a charming covered bridge on the pathway. There is a small brook for the little ones to play in and some beautiful plantlife not found in any other areas. And for those who prefer to hike or be a little more athletic there are also some trails leading down to the bottom of the falls. I would suggest making a visit after a good rain storm, since thats when waterfalls have the most beautiful cascades. And with all waterfalls, if you choose to hike please be cautious. I would hate to loose access to these beautiful places because someone decided they were sylvester stalone from "Cliffhanger" .
  • Beautiful waterfall love walking in the tunnel and looking in the shaft above
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