Naturaland Trust Trail and Moonshine Falls

Last Sunday we hiked to Moonshine Falls on the Naturaland Trust Trail as an in and out. You can no longer reach it via the Dismal Trail because of landslide damage on that trail. You can reach it by hiking from the Ranger Station at the top of Ceasar’s Head and working your way down to the Naturaland Trust Trail below. Mileage is somewhat less that 8 miles and I would rate this hike very strenuous. The trail is very technical with lots of rocks, roots, and a few rock-strewn streams to cross over. It is mostly uphill on the way back. As of Sunday, the trail to Moonshine Falls was marked with a big cairn of rocks and goes off to your left. Just a few yards down this trail to the right, you will see an old sign board. This is how you will know you are on the right trail.  I would estimate that in less than 15 minutes you will reach another smaller cairn of rocks off this old forest road which takes you downhill to your right. These are not official trails so take great care here as they are not maintained. Once you make the turn to Moonshine Falls, you will quickly reach the trail to the overhang underneath it to your left.

Here’s a link to the elevation profile from Brenda Wiley’s website:

http://www.brendajwiley.com/images/moonshine/moonshine_to_caesars_head_one_way_lg.jpg

Posting a few photos from that hike:

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Hiking the Carolinas

Yesterday was a beautiful day in South Carolina.  We hiked to Moonshine Falls via the Raven Cliff Falls parking lot and did a loop with a shuttle in between.  The end of the hike was the Ranger Station at Caesars Head.  We hiked to the Raven Cliff Falls viewing platform and from there headed down the Dismal Trail to the valley below. The Naturaland Trust Trail is pretty rugged and has quite a big up once you pass the Moonshine Falls turnoff.  The trail down to Moonshine Falls is pretty easy until you get right up to the falls and then it is a short, steep down. This part of the hike is not on the map.  This hike took us about 6 to 7 hours as we had a few slower hikers with us but a stronger hiker could do it more quickly.  It is well marked and easy…

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About Caroline Trinkley

I once had a friend who asked me what my passion was. I didn't have one. He said that I needed to find it. I can honestly say I've found my passion - I love to hike and explore the woods. Sometimes I think I know the woods better than the town I live in.
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