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Outdoor Destination: Confusion And Moonshine Falls

 

September 18, 2017

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Confusion Falls is said to be 'confusing' because two different creeks feed this waterfall. Both can be found within an hour hike from a vehicle. (Photos courtesy of www.hdcarolina.com).

Our weekly destination hike takes explorers to two locations, Moonshine and Confusion Falls in the nearby South Carolina wilderness. About a 30-minute drive from Brevard, these falls are directly below the Caesar's Head State Park pull off on U.S. 276.

The falls are stacked on top of each other, with Confusion located below Moonshine. Confusion Falls is said to be named after the two creeks that converge here, and Moonshine is said to have been the perfect location for a moonshine still back in the day.

The hike is steep in some sections, and being as remote as they are it is likely that hikers will have the falls all to the themselves, especially during the week.

Getting There

Take U.S. 276 south toward Caesar's Head State Park. Drive past the park entrance and continue down the hill until you reach Lakemont Road.

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Moohshine Falls got its name because it was once a prime hiding sport for stills.

Make a right, but stay straight on Asbury Dr. immediately. The parking area for the falls is .9 miles down the road. The trailhead is just on the other side of the creek here.

Follow the Asbury Trail for 1.9 miles until you reach a cable crossing on Matthews Creek. This cable crossing is stable and safe, but some hikers may opt for the rock crossing instead.

Soon after the cable crossing, the trail intersects the Natureland Trust trail, make a right here and follow the trail about .4 miles to where there is a distinct pile of rocks. Turn right here and follow the path to a sign for the Asbury Hills Camp property, continue past the sign about .6 miles to another pile of rocks on the side of the trail indicating the spur trail down to the creek and both falls.

As always, wear appropriate footwear when exploring local waterfalls. Never climb to the top of them, instead, view them safely from the bottom.

 
 

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