The key to getting a good view of Issaqueena Falls is probably the season of the year. Winter is going to be the only time you’ll be able to get a reasonably unobstructed view of the falls from the viewing platform. Other times, you’ll be lucky to see half of this most excellent waterfall. During those times, a good view will require a steep descent down the wall of the gorge.
Issaqueena Falls is joined with Stumphouse Tunnel in a Walhalla-owned park located just over 5 miles up SC 28 from Walhalla. Enter the park and follow the road around to the parking area on the right. Cane Creek runs through the parking area and will jump off the brink of the falls right at the edge of the parking lot.
To the right of the creek, you’ll find a walkway down to the viewing platform where you’re presented with, what is basically half of the total drop. As noted previously, your best view is going to be from the base of the falls plus, any view of the lower sections requires the scramble down the side of the gorge.
At the viewing platform, go around the right side and you’ll see copious evidence that a goodly number of folks take this steep route down to the creek. Depending of which of the various routes you take will determine where you hit the waterfall.
The best spot for a view is at the bottom of the main cascade, about 60 feet tall. At the top, a rounded tier provides about an 8 foot plunge that distributes water along the arched rock face. Anyone familiar with nearby Yellow Branch Falls will notice the similarity of the rock face and water distribution. From that point on, the creek tumbles another 40 feet over a series of ledges and tiers to the gorge floor. Getting all the way down is even steeper and more difficult than what you just came down.
As you descend, pay attention to your right. There is a small feeder stream coming down the mountain with you. Since it has to drop the same vertical distance that you’re descending, you should expect some waterfalls along this stream. And you won’t be disappointed. While there are no really large drops, you will find a number of waterslides, tiers and plunges that makes for nice photos.