Moonshine and Confusion Falls Trail
ElevationAscent: 154' 47 m
Descent: -167' -51 m
High: 1,711' 522 m
Low: 1,563' 477 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A challenge to get to, but the trail is short and there are to two amazing little falls along the way.”— Mark P...
Use Naturaland Trust Trail #14 to access the Moonshine and Confusion Falls Trail. A wooden sign in a tree will point you to Moonshine Falls along a smaller trail. The next short section, a singletrack, can be steep going down to the falls but is manageable if you take your time—plus there is a cable installed to use as a railing. Once down maybe 40 feet or so, the trail will level out by the falls. You can run under the rock overhang where some old moonshine barrels still remain. What is also unique about these falls is you can run behind the falls while remaining (mostly) dry.
Near where you came down the hill will be another sign pointing to Confusion Falls further down the creek. The easiest way to access Confusion Falls, about 0.25 miles down, is by following the trail, crossing the creek a few times as it hugs the bank. This route is less steep and pretty friendly. Confusion Falls is not as tall as Moonshine Falls but is unique in that it is formed from two different creeks, making two falls almost look like one as they pour into one shallow pool. You can sit and enjoy a snack, lunch or possibly cool off with a dip during the hot summer.
The easiest way back out from Confusion Falls is following the same trail you followed in from Moonshine Falls. The other option, the last 0.2 mile of mapped track provided here, is the old way and it is a really steep climb back uphill with no cable assistance.
Animals in the area include black bears, white-tailed deer, reptiles, amphibians, wild turkey, wood peckers, warblers, eastern blue birds, and spring migratory songbirds to name a few. Brook, rainbow, and brown trout can be found in the rivers.
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