South Carolina

Hike the Asbury Trail to Moonshine Falls

5.5 Miles Total - 800 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Mary Moss

This is an excellent trail with tons of wildlife and a wide array of wildflowers along the way. There are numerous stream crossings, the best being the cable crossing over Matthews Creek. After Matthews Creek you will eventually come to Moonshine Falls and cave. There is also a 40 foot waterfall!

The trail to the Matthews Creek cable bridge crossing is easy. The cable crossing is fine - fun for some and a do-able challenge for others. 

After the creek, to get to Moonshine Falls, turn RIGHT at the post which indicates a trail both left and right. This is the Naturaland Trail in Caesars Head SP blazed pink. Eventually you come across a cairn of stones, turn right here to get to Moonshine Falls. 

Note this is NOT a loop trail. just before the falls you will see long branches blocking the trail and beyond there it is not maintained. You will need to come back and cross the cable bridge again to re-trace your steps. 

if you take a left at the Trail/Trail sign, after Matthews Creek, there is another pretty falls after about 0.8m.

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
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Waterfall

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