Issaqueena Falls

Issaqueena Falls, near Walhalla, South Carolina, is a 100 ft (30 m) high cascade waterfall in the Oconee District of the Sumter National Forest.[1]

Issaqueena Falls
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Issaqueena Falls (2019)
LocationWalhalla, South Carolina
Coordinates34°48′22″N 83°7′16″W / 34.80611°N 83.12111°W / 34.80611; -83.12111Coordinates: 34°48′22″N 83°7′16″W / 34.80611°N 83.12111°W / 34.80611; -83.12111
Elevation1224 ft (373 m)
Total height100 ft (30 m)
Plaque describing the Legend of Issaqueena Falls

The falls are named for a legendary Cherokee girl who is said to have leaped from the top of the falls with her lover, either an Oconee brave, a white trader named Allan Francis, or a white silversmith named David Francis. In the story, Issaqueena and her lover either die together or they land on a ledge out of sight of hostile tribesmen and eventually live happily ever after.[2]

The waterfall is close to another notable local landmark, Stumphouse Tunnel, and a park provides access to both.[3]


  1. ^ "Issaqueena Falls - Mountain Rest, South Carolina". Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Strickland, Kasie (October 31, 2015). "Legend of Issaqueena". Newberry Observer. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  3. ^ "GNIS". USGS. Retrieved July 28, 2008.