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.
The 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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  • Stump house Tunnel, introduced to me by my husband, is an amazing place for adventure and history. There is a hill you have to walk up so be careful and wear proper shoes. The tunnel, on the inside...  more »
  • What started as a railroad tunnel for transportation, then used as a refrigerator to store blue cheese, now is a great place to visit in upstate SC.  more »
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  • This was interesting. There was not alot to see but still worth a look. The tunnel was pretty wet and scary. We did not walk to far into it. But the story behind it was interesting too. I will post pictures for pretty much the whole view.
  • The kids loved the tunnel (actually I did, too). It was nice and cool on a hot September day. We went on Labor Day, and there were lots of people in and out, but it was not too terribly crowded. The brand new enclosed restrooms are primitive, but a considerable improvement over the previous port-a-johns. There were great opportunities for family pictures, and hiking trails that were a challenge for an adult, but still navigable by small children. Our kids are 2, 4, 7, and 8, and all of us enjoyed the whole experience. Well maintained by the city of Walhalla.

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