"A shady day hike from Stumphouse Mountain to the outskirts of Walhalla along an uncompleted nineteenth-century railbed. The hike features the remains of tunnels, a dramatic gorge, beautiful mountain laurel, wildflowers and berries in season, and good winter views. The Blue Ridge Railroad was the grand dream of South Carolina statesman John C. Calhoun, who was a member of the original surveying team.
The idea was to link the port of Charleston with the farms and burgeoning cities of the Midwest. The Civil War intervened, and the railroad was never completed. Today, its greatest monument, Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel (which wasn’t completed either), has been permanently sealed due to danger to visitors from falling rock. Although the railroad was never built, the trail along the railroad bed endures, and offers fine hiking year-round."