Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Moonshine Falls and Confusion Falls via Asbury Trail

moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(73)
Cleveland, South Carolina

Moonshine Falls and Confusion Falls via Asbury Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cleveland, South Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 823 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

over grown

Please note that this trail starts in a privately owned camp. You will need to visit during normal business hours to obtain permission to hike here. There is a cable bridge 1.5 miles into the trail. This type of bridge has one cable on bottom, and one on top that allows you to cross a stream. Although dogs are allowed to use this trail, this cable bridge would be impassable for dogs. The bridge may also be difficult to traverse for hikers. Users have reported that the trail can be rocky and unmaintained in some areas. The Naturaland Trail portion of this hike can be especially steep and overgrown. This is an excellent trail with deer, turkey, and numerous other wildlife not to mention the wide array of wildflowers along the way. The grade is easy and 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 a cave. This is an excellent rest place. The 40 foot waterfall makes for great photo ops. This is a relatively secluded hike as the camp owns most of the trails. You may also want to get in touch with Caesars Head Park as part of the trail after Matthews Creek is shared with their trail system for a short way before cutting off to the right.

This is from Pinnacle Pass & 276 ending at Asbury Retreat with a car at each end.

Overall a decent trail. Beautiful and shady through the woods. I only made it to the first set of falls (moonshine) which was more of a trickling of water so I guess if anything I would want a cooler destination like rainbow falls. The trail was pretty rocky at the beginning, the cable cross was a first but cool, and the last bit was not traditionally marked so a little less kept up. I didn’t see anyone else on the trail so that was cool too.

hiking
Wed Jun 26 2019

The private owners have closed the property until Aug. 15th so you can't do this trail until after then.

Fri Apr 19 2019

a great trail! the hardest part of the cable bridge was getting off. the trail is well kept. took the side trails to Cascade and Asbury falls. a bit steep but not that bad.

hiking
blowdown
private property
scramble
Wed Apr 10 2019

A good moderate trail. The first 1/4 mile is a scramble up hill through what will easily pass as a wash if it rains. Once above that portion, you follow the red blaze down a trail that is a gentle up and down stroll until you reach the cable bridge. The cable bridge, is a short, fun crossing over a nicely flowing creek. Once across you follow the red blaze approximately another 1/4 mile until you reach the park portion of the trail where you follow the pink blaze. Once you start onto the park trail you’ll come across several blown down trees which really aren’t too hard to get around. The last 1/10th of a mile is right at the top of Moonshine falls which is a real scramble down (try not to think of going back up when you’re ready to leave). It’s very steep in this area so caution is advised. The Falls are nice with a comfortable little “cave” you can catch your breath in. Once your ready to proceed, it’s another little scramble down hill to confusion falls. There is a nice little area here to rest and relax as well as grab a snack if you’re so inclined. Overall a beautiful little trail to hike with some pretty water falls at the end. It’s a straight out and back hike that’s around 3 miles total one way. Highly recommend taking water with you and if it’s warm out possibly even a water filter to replenish your bottles before starting back.

Fri Apr 05 2019

Nice hike - well marked for the majority of the trail. Be sure to see Moonshine Cave and the Falls!

hiking
muddy
over grown
private property
rocky
washed out
Sat Mar 23 2019

This was a great morning hike even though trees were down and in the way it just added a little obstacle course for us and the dogs. I went on a beautiful Saturday morning with my husband and of course had to get permission before being allowed through the gate. The trail was moderately trafficked but only ran into 1 other dog. Due to the length of the trail and the cable bridge that you have to cross and the length of the trail I would only bring people that are at least 5 foot tall and probably only teenagers. overall we enjoyed the trail very much and probably will do again!

hiking
Mon Mar 18 2019

Made it to Moonshine/Confusion Falls about a mile off the Naturaland Trail. Didn't come across the cable bridge. Had to cross the stream to get closer to Moonshine Falls...wasn't easy.

hiking
Mon Mar 04 2019

Awesome trail, will definitely do again! Saw three different falls and the moonshine cave, so worth it! There are some wash outs and downed trees, but I felt it added some fun. The cable bridge was a first for me and I thought it was so cool! I brought my dog with me but just unclipped his leash and let him navigate his own way across. Not so difficult to suck the fun out of it, but challenging enough to make you feel like you accomplished something AND the features are A+!

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
muddy
off trail
over grown
private property
rocky
scramble
washed out
Sun Jan 20 2019

**NOT recommended for kids, dogs or those with susceptible disposition. Prior permission is required to hike this trail from Asbury Hills as the trailhead is on their property. ** Also, there is a cable bridge you must cross right at 1.5 miles into the hike. This was a first for me. A cable bridge is literally two cables, one under your feet, one above your head and you have to shuffle across very gingerly. We crossed the cable bridge right after a big rainfall so this was a bit sketchy feeling. The trail from the trailhead to the cable crossing was nice, well worn and well marked. We planned to hike to Raven Cliff Falls then back to Moonshine and Confusion Falls. After the cable bridge crossing up to Naturaland Trust Trail was rough. You are essentially hiking in a wash-out most of the way which is rocky, rooty, and not flat in the least. We had to bush-whack, rock scramble, detour around creeks running through the trail, dense overgrowth, blowdowns, lost trail markers, and crazy creek crossings. We didn't anticipate so much time and exertion wasted on just getting through the trail so by the time we reached the Naturaland Trust bridge, we opted to turn around. We were tired and had poorly judged the time required getting to that point. We skipped Moonshine and Confusion and will visit them another day. Not sure I would do this trail again from Asbury to Raven Cliff and would be hesitant to recommend it to just anyone. The trail had beautiful river views, a few nice mountain views could be snuck in here and there. I enjoyed the hike but would come with a saw and maybe shoes with better ankle support if I ever return to that section. Overall, i don't regret going because any day in the woods is better than sitting on the couch.

hiking
muddy
Wed Jan 16 2019

hiking
Sat Aug 18 2018

The kids loved this trail. Real hidden gem, even got to see a few bear tracks. One complaint, there is a cable crossing over one creek that stopped the four of us, mainly the four year old, from making it to the waterfall. Wouldn't have been a problem just wish it had been marked on the map. Other than that great trail.

Mon May 28 2018

This is a beautiful trail. Fairly easy but has a great cable crossing. There is 2 falls on this trail. There is also a turn where you can go to raven cliff falls in Caesar’s Head I think is only 2 miles

hiking
Mon Apr 09 2018

Wow. Lots of beautiful flowers. I found a couple of showy orchids and dwarf irises are in abundance throughout the entire trail. I never found moonshine falls but I did get sidetracked on natureland trust trail. Beware!!! It gets steep and treacherous. If you take a left at the stacked rocks it’s a pink blazed trail that goes up to the base of Caesars Head. There is also a route to the bottom of raven cliff falls. I will definitely be back to see this as I have walked the dismal trail 2 times and enjoyed it thoroughly. I am looking forward to the trip to the base of the falls.

hiking
Mon Mar 26 2018

Nice easy hike with a few turn offs to some attractions. Misty Cove was a bit weak, but Cascade Falls & Asbury Falls were worth it! Watch out after the cable crossing. Asbury is a red trail, then turns to double pink. Trail at this point wasn’t marked well and no signs. Not sure if I was headed into Caesar Head Parks Dismal trail loop or still on Asbury? Good trail for dogs but may have to find a shallow river crossing for them. Video of Trail Review: https://youtu.be/dSny0Io6vCY

Showing results 1 - 16 of 73