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 system of secret underground tunnels in South Carolina: 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, underground tunnels in South Carolina? 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 secret hidden gem in South Carolina that many people have no idea exists. Tell us about your favorite secret spots in the comments! We would love to hear from you and add to our places to explore!
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Underground Tunnels in South Carolina
Where can I find some great hidden gems in South Carolina?
As long as you know where to look, you can find some truly delightful hidden gems in South Carolina. Some favorites include:
- Reedy River Falls is located in Oconee County just off a two-lane road and is just as beautiful as can be.
- The Chattooga River is also terribly underrated.
- The ACE River Basin is composed of more than 1.1 million acres of low islands, surrounded by rivers, creeks, lakes, swamps, and more.
- Abingdon Manner, which was built in 1902-1905, is 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, check out our favorite hidden gems in South Carolina.
How many South Carolina caves and cave systems are there?
The region now known as South Carolina isn't home to an awful lot of caves; in fact, it's only got one area of karst topography (and, thusly, caves) on the western edge of Lake Marion at and near Santee State Park. Of course, this lack of caves in South Carolina doesn't mean there aren't other amazing natural wonders of South Carolina to check out, including:
- The incredible Angel Oak
- The absolutely gorgeous ACE Basin
- The mysterious and beautiful Driftwood Beach
- The stunning Congaree National Park