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 in the sewer under the university campus.

In addition to the tunnel where Third Eye Man lived, there have always been rumors about another secret tunnel system that exists under the city. A series of secret tunnels that supposedly connect the Capital City to the river. But there just isn’t much evidence to prove the tunnels exist.

In 2010 Anderson Burns, a former reporter for ABC Columbia, captured footage from two different sets of secret tunnels 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.

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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 tunnels under Columbia? And do you believe the rumor that there’s a tunnel connecting Greenville, South Carolina to the former Soviet Union? We don’t either.

For another fascinating tunnel found here in the Palmetto State, check out this upstate South Carolina tunnel many people have no idea exists.