Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel, Walhalla

Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel in Oconee County, South Carolina is an incomplete railroad tunnel for the Blue Ridge Railroad of South Carolina in Sumter National Forest. This is now a Walhalla park which also features nearby Isaqueena Falls.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.HistoryThe tunnel was first proposed in 1835 by residents of Charleston, South Carolina as a new and shorter route for the Blue Ridge Railroad between Charleston and the Ohio river valley area which until then was only accessible by bypassing the mountains entirely to the South and then traveling up north through Georgia and middle Tennessee. In 1852, 13 miles of tunnel were proposed to cross the Blue Ridge Mountains through South Carolina, North Carolina, and into Tennessee. Construction on the railway was begun in the late 1850s and was successful through most of South Carolina until hitting the mountains around Wallhalla in Oconee County. There Stumphouse tunnel along with three other tunnels was to be built.Construction on Stumphouse tunnel began in 1856 when the George Collyer Company of London brought many Irish workers into the area for this project. Many of the workers lived in housing on top of Stumphouse mountain called Tunnel Hill. By 1859, the State of South Carolina had spent over a million dollars on the tunnel and refused to spend any more on the project, therefore the tunnel work was abandoned. The tunnel had been excavated to a length of 1,617 feet of the planned 5,863 total feet. Today, where the tunnel was meant to end on the other side of the mountain, there remains a mound of earth (intended for the railway tracks) submerged during the summer months under Crystal Lake, located just west of Highway 28.
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  • Let me start off by saying we used Apple and Google Maps and neither took us to the right destination we just happened to be going around a corner and found it. But so glad we kept looking the old tun...  more »
  • The tunnel is half done, part of the beauty of the construction. The construction was stopped after the war and the surrounding nature made it a most seen place. if you are north SC you definitely sho...  more »
  • If you stop to see the Issaqueena Falls take the trail to the left of the falls. Follow the yellow trail and makings for about 1/2 a mile to the entrance to the middle tunnel. It looks like a cave ope...  more »
  • Very fun place to visit for free with kids. It is a railroad tunnel that was started in the 1800's but never finished. You can walk down the tunnel about 1600 feet. There is a waterfall right there to visit as well in the same park
  • Wanted to get drone photography of the place but it was too crowded I never saw so many people here before I wasted $2 to get in! Oh well I will try again another week! Why the lot was full? IDK? The holidays were over and it was a bit cold out something drew all these people in? I went to Oconee State Park instead nobody there! Was perfect for flying a Drone
  • Stumphouse Tunnel is a great place for a family outing. We love coming here in the summertime. The tunnel is nice and cool on a hot day. Make sure you bring / take several flashlights to see with inside the tunnel. Your going maybe 200ft inside the tunnel will be dark and it has running water down the inside walls.
  • Going into the tunnel was certainly an exciting and interesting adventure. The surrounding scenery is so beautiful. I can't wait to return and do a bit more hiking and exploring.
  • Beautiful place, quiet. Was disappointed that some visitors had left candy and juice wrappers on the ground when there are trash receptacles in the parking area. The tunnel was very cool and the water was very cold. Word of advice BRING A FLASHLIGHT!

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