Underneath Columbia, South Carolina Lies A Creepy Yet Amazing Series Of Secret Tunnels

Most Columbia, South Carolina natives – and even today’s students at USC – have heard the tall tales behind the legendary “Third-Eye Man” that supposedly lived (or lives) in the sewer under the university campus. In addition to the tunnel where Third-Eye Man lived (or lives), there have always been rumors about another secret tunnel system that exists under the city: a series of passages that supposedly connect the Capital City to the river – but there just isn’t much evidence to prove the tunnels really exist. The legend of these underground tunnels in South Carolina is, however, intriguing, and in 2010, Anderson Burns – a former reporter for ABC Columbia – captured footage from two different sets of secret tunnels that are in fact hiding under Columbia in his series Hidden Columbia. We’ve posted them both below so you can discover these fascinating points of history you may not have known actually existed in the Columbia area.

Watch as Anderson and his two guides explore a secret tunnel complete with four-inch-thick wooden flooring and big enough for a carriage to fit through. Then, go inside yet another tunnel that’s been made to look more like a cave. They’re both hiding right under the City of Columbia, South Carolina. See for yourself in the videos below from the Facebook page of Hidden Columbia.


What do you know about the creepy, secret tunnels lurking under Columbia? Do you believe the rumors that there’s a tunnel connecting Greenville, South Carolina, to the former Soviet Union? …okay, we don’t either. But still: it’s fun to think about! If these exist, who knows what else does! For another fascinating tunnel found right here in the Palmetto State, check out this upstate South Carolina tunnel many people have no idea exists. Tell us about your favorite secret spots in the comments!

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Underground Tunnels in South Carolina

December 06, 2021

Where can I find some great hidden gems in South Carolina?  

South Carolina is a vastly underrated state, if you ask us. Seriously, it’s easily one of the most underappreciated places we know about; as long as you know where to look, you can find some truly delightful places and things to see and do ‘round these parts. There are quite literally too many things we can think of right off the bat to list, but we can try! Some of our favorite-ever hidden gems in South Carolina include natural wonders like Reedy River Falls, located in Oconee County just off a two-lane road and just as beautiful as can be. The Chattooga River is also terribly underrated, though the folks who do know about it and all it’s got to offer sure do love visiting! The ACE River Basin is another natural hidden gem on our must-do list; it’s composed of more than 1.1 million acres of low islands surrounded by rivers, creeks, lakes, swamps, and more. Should you be more of a “stay in town” kind of person, no worries! Check out gems like Abingdon Manner, which was built in 1902-1905. It’s a true testament to the beauty of South Carolina’s beloved architecture. The small towns of Walhalla and Bluffton are also pretty great! For more information about each of these and more of our favorite hidden gems in South Carolina, take a look at this list.  

How many South Carolina caves and cave systems are there?  

South Carolina is home to several beautiful caves, most of which you can explore if you so desire! There are about 900 caves and caverns that we know of within the state, and some of them are so amazingly intricate that they have yet to be explored in their entirety. For example, there’s the Linville Caverns, where it’s a pleasant 52 degrees all year ‘round, and filled with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. There’s the Bat Cave in Henderson County, which is easily South Carolina’s largest tectonic cave, and Boone’s Cave, which is nestled within Boone’s Cave State Park, is another great one. That cave was named for Daniel Boone, who was said to have hid within the cave from Native Americans.  

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