Asbury / Moonshine Falls
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- Trail Head
- Scenic Observation
- No Fee
- No Camping
Asbury Cascades is located on the Asbury Trail at the Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center. This is a wonderful trail, but make sure to call ahead to get permission to enter and use the trails within the camp from June 1 to the first week of August.
Starting at the Well House, this moderately difficult trail penetrates deep into a forest of oaks and pines toward the headwaters of Matthews Creek. Red blazes provide directions until you reach a small clearing. You will turn to the left and continue following the red blazes into the woods where you may see yellow root, crested dwarf iris, and bush honeysuckle, a yellow flowering shrub found only in the high elevations of Greenville and Oconee counties.
When you reach Matthews Creek, you can make a dry crossing by using two cables strung across the creek. Once across the creek the Asbury Trail runs concurrent with the Naturaland Trust Trail (pink blazes) for a short distance then splits to the right. You will cross several tributaries, one of which makes a drop of 40 feet over the entrance to Moonshine Cave, and thus is called Moonshine Falls.
Be aware that the red blazes are spread out, and there are many unmarked side trails. Insect repellent is recommended during warm months.
Note: Due to a property sale, the Asbury Trail is temporarily closed beyond Moonshine Falls, so you must return the way you came.
Hikers that want access to the Moonshine Falls trail need to call the camp office in advance to get a code to the gate.
Access to Moonshine Falls through Asbury Hills Camp will be closed from May 15 - August 15 due to our summer camp season.Directions:
From Greenville: Drive north on US 276 to where SC 8 joins US 276. The camp entrance is approximately 1 mile further on the left. The trailhead is at the parking area for the Well House within the camp.