Issaqueena Falls Trail is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Walhalla, SC that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Nice to see but the trail to the base of the falls is very dangerous. I recommend observing the falls from the platform.
The size of the waterfall and the Cherokee legend of the girl named Issaqueena makes this waterfall even more fascinating. However, unless there has been ample rain don't expect alot of flow. You will read that it's an "easy" hike. This is to the overlook deck which would be a waste unless it's winter as trees would block the view. In order to truly see the waterfall you must desend down. It's a fairy short hike but can be quite dangerous if you're not in shape. Use hiking poles, roots, your butt, whatever!
The falls were absolutely gorgeous. It's a little treacherous to get to the bottom, but worth the extra angle. Locals hang out at the bottom like a swimming hole. The Blue Ridge Railroad hiking trail is nearby, so that was a plus.
Nice little walk. Usually stop here when I'm in the area. Only a small portion can be seen from the platform this time of year due to trees. You'll need to climb down the trail below the platform to see all of the fall. Always crowded. Stumphouse Tunnel is very close by.
The first portion of the Issaqueena falls has a platform that overlooks the falls. I went during June and the trees were very full and blocked most of the view of the falls. If you decide to hike down to the ground level of the falls it is short but very steep. I would say it is definitely worth your time and a great place to take the whole family. I actually went with my grandparents once and they thoroughly enjoyed the platform look out.
The steep climb down to the waterfall is worth the view!! I will visit this waterfall again!
Fun hike down the falls
This trial was very easy to find and was a marvelous waterfall. However, just the overlook does not do justice. Which leads to the difficult part. To get to the base of the falls be prepared to grab roots for leverage and test your balance as you descend down the right trail which is not for the feint of heart. Also if you take the left trial to get behind the falls make sure you bring your A game because it is slippery and a tad nerve wrecking. All-in-all this waterfall is awesome and super fun.
Easy and short trail! Beautiful waterfall!
It's pretty much a drive up falls just to look at it. But if you climb down the make shift root path to the right it's a worthwhile sight from the bottom. Also if if you climb down to the left you can go behind the waterfall near the top. Pretty cool but quite slippery on the rock, be careful ads you are a good ways up the falls at this point. I loved this short hike, also check out the stump house tunnel nearby.
Yes I l but ove this waterfall hike. Its really a pathway you walk down but it is also child safe. The waterfall is pretty and you used to go or walk behind it. But the real prize is yellowbranch across the road from Issaqueena...more intermediatemate hutnwellnworthir
Stumphouse Tunnel is on the same property and fun for kids to walk around in. Bring a flashlight. Isaqueena Falls are beautiful. The descent down is steep, but worth it. If you don't want to climb, their is a viewing platform too.
This is a great "drive up" waterfall. There is a short hike to a viewing platform and you can also make a strenuous decent down to the base of the falls if you don't mind hanging on to roots and branches. This would not be appropriate for children or dogs. There is also a trail at the top of the falls that many do not know about. Instead of going to the right to the viewing platform, look for a path that goes across the river and to the left. You can descend and go behind the waterfall. This moderate and would not be good for very young children or dogs. Be careful! The link provided shows pictures from the "secret ledge" behind the waterfall. Also, I have a picture uploaded of me and some friends behind the waterfall.
Also, be sure to check out stumphouse tunnel while you are there. A flashlight would be helpful.
You are also right around the corner from my favorite waterfall, Yellowbranch Falls. The three (stumphouse, Isaqueena, and Yellowbranch) make for a fun day!