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South Carolina - Stumphouse Tunnel & Issaqueena Falls

LOCATION: Stumphouse Tunnel Park (exact location linked below:
https://goo.gl/maps/AcwhKHviWyj


LENGTH: Approximately 4.5 miles total (out & back)

•••This event is hosted by Tara Moya-Mendez Becker! First 10 members will receive official Girls Who Hike giveaways!•••

LINKS FOR MORE INFO/TRAIL MAP/ETC:

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/south-carolina/blue-ridge-railroad-historical-trail

http://www.oconeecountry.com/stumphouse.html

https://palmettoconservation.org/palmetto-conservation-announces-palmetto-trail-extension-into-walhalla/


MEETING TIME: 10:15am


MEETING LOCATION: Upper parking lot (not the picnic shelter) next to the entrance of Stumphouse Tunnel (Exact Location via Google Maps:https://goo.gl/maps/AcwhKHviWyj)


ADDRESS: Stumphouse Tunnel Rd
Walhalla, SC 29691


TRAIL RATING: YELLOW: Moderate hike, well-signed, elevation gain of between 1,000-2,000ft., low altitude. Novice hikers welcome!


This month we are headed to Stumphouse Tunnel Park to explore 3 unfinished railroad tunnels and the amazing Issaqueena Falls waterfall! We will meet at the upper parking lot next to the entrance to Stumphouse Tunnel. We will explore that tunnel, then proceed to the waterfall. From there, we will hike the Blue Ridge Railroad Historic Trail to view the second and third tunnel. 
There is tons of history at this place! The railroad and tunnels were planned in 1852 to connect Cincinnati, OH to Charleston, SC. Lack of funds and the start of the Civil War stopped the construction, and today the tunnels are viewed as pre-Civil War engineering monuments. The waterfall also has some Native American history (I provided some links above if you’re interested in the story). FUN FACT: the trail we’ll hike will also become part of the Palmetto Trail in the near future!
Women-only event please! Pups are okay as long as they are well-behaved and well-prepared! ***Please bring $2 per vehicle to pay your entrance into the park. We should be on the trail for approximately 3 hours, so please plan accordingly. Bring water, snacks, and a flashlight/headlamp for inside the tunnel. More information and details to come as the event gets closer. In the meantime, feel free to ask any questions and I’ll see you soon!

Official registration will be through Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girls-who-hike-sc-official-meetup-stumphouse-tunnel-issaqueena-falls-tickets-43044600559
Password: GWHSC

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