PAC hike heads to Moonshine Falls Feb. 25

Published 11:20 am Thursday, February 17, 2011

PAC hikers from last fall. (photo submitted)

Hikers are invited to join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) Friday, Feb. 25, for a 4-mile excursion to Moonshine Falls, marking the first outing of PAC’s Spring Hiking Series.

PAC Land Protection Specialist Pam Torlina will lead the hike from the trailhead at Asbury Hills Youth Camp. It will be a relatively moderate hike, two miles out and two miles back, with most of the trail being relatively flat and winding through a maturing, mountainous forest. There is, however, a cable crossing over Matthews Creek and a short, fairly steep descent to view the falls.

Moonshine Falls is located in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area in northern Greenville County, S.C. The seldom-visited falls are named for the alleged illegal whiskey making that occurred there – there are even several rusty old barrels in a cave near the base of the falls.

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Hikers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear; bring a bag lunch and/or snack and plenty of water. Be sure to bring any personal medication that you may require. In case of inclement weather, contact the PAC office by 8:15 a.m. on the day of the hike to see if the hike will take place.

If you are interested in attending the PAC hike at to Moonshine Falls, contact the PAC office to sign up by phone at 828-859-5060 or e-mail Hikers will be meeting on North Trade Avenue in Landrum across from the Habitat Resale Store at 8:30 a.m. and/or at the Gowensville Spinx (at the intersection of Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 11) at 8:45 a.m. to carpool and start the journey to Asbury Hills Youth Camp (off of Hwy. 276).

If you cannot make this hike, visit or follow PAC’s Facebook page for upcoming information on the next hike to Rainbow Falls, taking place March 11, as PAC Land Protection Specialist Pam Torlina leads hikers to view the 100′ falls.