Musgrove Mill Horseshoe Falls Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cross Anchor, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.7 miElevation gain157 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingForestPartially pavedRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeHistoric siteFee
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Parking fee is $3 per adult (16+) and $1 per child (6-15). This is a beautiful trail that begins with Horseshoe Falls. The trail continues to Musgrove Mill historic battlefield. Easy, very well maintained, and well marked. The trail has quite a few historical markers with information and facts about the site. It's fairly flat with a few small bridges and steps. The first 100 yards of the trail is paved with ADA-compliant access at a nice overlook of the falls. Accessibility: According to the park website, only the first 0.1 miles of this trail to the falls observation deck is ADA accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. That section is paved, typically at least four feet wide, and has an estimated gentle grade all under 5%. The end of the accessible trail has been marked on the map with a waypoint. Some equipment users (especially with all-terrain tires or motorized equipment) may be able to continue on the dirt trail past that. Or, just the most accessible trail can be viewed on its own trail page here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/south-carolina/musgrove-hill-horseshoe-falls-trail-to-observation-deck

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site 398 State Park Road Clinton, SC 29325 (864) 938-0100 www.SouthCarolinaParks.com 1-888-88-PARKS (toll free)

Driving Directions : From I-26 Westbound: Take exit 52 for SC 56 Cross Anchor/Clinton. Turn right onto HWY 56 and drive north for 6 miles. The park entrance will be on the left. Continue past the entrance of the park and turn left on Horseshoe Falls Rd. Parking will be on the right about 1.5 miles after you turn and the trailhead is just across the street. From I-26 Eastbound: Take exit 38 for HWY 146 Cross Anchor. Turn left onto HWY 146. Drive east for 6 miles and turn right onto HWY 56. Drive south for three miles and the park entrance will be on the right. Continue past the entrance of the park and turn left on Horseshoe Falls Rd. Parking will be on the right about 1.5 miles after you turn and the trailhead is just across the street. From I-385: Take I-385 to I-26 E. Take exit 52. Take a left onto HWY 56 and travel for 6 miles. The park entrance will be on the left. Continue past the entrance of the park and turn left on Horseshoe Falls Rd. Parking will be on the right about 1.5 miles after you turn and the trailhead is just across the street.

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Dorothy Pergola
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Nice stroll through the woods. Not a lot of signs of spring yet.

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Mark Noll
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Matt Littleford
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Angie Motto
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Jeff Moore
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Really enjoyed this trail! There's a few roots to be careful of but overall nice trail with some undulation. With it being a battlefield, I was expecting it to open up in a wide field but it was mostly through the woods over beautiful terrain. The interpretive signs were really well done!

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misti ross
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Nice hike. Several ups and downs, but nothing strenuous. Benches along the way to stop and take a rest if needed. wooden foot bridges across all water crossings. easy access to the falls. 2-3 places to access creeks or river to give doggos a little sip. very light traffic today between 10am and 12pm.

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Matt H
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Easy trail for active people. The waterfall has more power to it than I would have thought. It is more like a big rapid on a whitewater river than a waterfall. The trail was nice with several signs giving the history behind the battle. There are several benches along the way. The only slight negative is the trail parallels a road at one point. so you get the car noise.

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Rachel Pastrana
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Easy, relaxing trail. A little muddy in places but not bad. Nice pool at the bottom of the falls for kiddies to play in.

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Ashley Kitchen
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Well kept trial work with wonderful information about the battle.

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Matthew Morgan
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Great historical signs detailing the Battle of Musgrove’s Mill.

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Joshua Barnhill
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Dalton Goodwin
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It was fairly muddy from the recent rain. It can be a bit of a challenge if you aren’t used to steps but all in all, it wasn’t bad at all. We enjoyed ourselves and the history.

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Eric Niles
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When it comes to historical trail giving the history of battles of the American revolution, I like this trail better than Gettysburg. Not overcrowded not in the middle of a bustling city and it doesn’t much better job of telling the tail oh that small moment in war better than the national Park. Spoiler alert if you see everything in black-and-white you may be a little bit shocked by the information given on some of the signs. The signage will necessarily succinct does it incredible job of encapsulating the moment and telling the whole story. I recommend this trail for anyone with children in school or just plain water buffs.

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Heather Steele
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Jennifer Dewyea
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Nice informative trail

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Jeremie Smith
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The trail was well kept and downed trees were cleared away. Great signage to follow that crescendos to the battle site. Lots of roots so hiking shoes are suggested. A beautiful gem of a trail and the falls were the perfect start to the hike.

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Teena Gooding
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Nice short hike with great views

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J G
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A nice little hike with some interesting history.

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aliza allison
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such a fun trail! the waterfall is gorgeous and the history of the battleground was fascinating.

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Eric Hazelton
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Kristina Granlund
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Trail was a bit muddy from recent rains but was an enjoyable mix of rocks, roots, and Revolutionary War history! The trailhead is across the street from the parking lot.

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Dean Beckley
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Liene K
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Lot of water going over the falls!

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Mackenzie Collins
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Very well maintained and the falls are right at the beginning! It was also really cool having a mini history lesson along the way.

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Lou Caulk
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Loved that the trail in the beginning was accessible to take in the view of the falls! Beautiful place for a picnic. Well marked and also interesting history story!

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Todd Farmer
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Great short hike. If you enjoy hiking and history, this is the trail for you!

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DM Lillian
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Lisa Holliday
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Was a beautiful trail with water for our dogs to play in and history along the way.

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