Horseshoe Falls – Clinton, South Carolina

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Horseshoe Falls, also called Gordons Mill Falls, can be found near Clinton on Cedar Shoals Creek. This beautiful cascade is about ten feet high, and is part of the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site.

Horseshoe Falls

Sarah J. Brown of Fountain Inn, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism says that in 1780 Edward Musgrove, who once owned these lands, allowed British Loyalists to use his property for their hospital. However, Musgrove’s daughter Mary helped a Patriot soldier hide from the British troops in a small cave near these falls.

Local folklore says that the soldier was called “Horseshoe” because he was a blacksmith, and the information he gathered on the British during his time in the cave helped the Patriots plan an attack. These cascades were eventually named in his honor.

Photographer Sarah J. Brown says that Horseshoe Falls is “a nice surprise after a beautiful short hike. These several small cascades were worth the drive on a Sunday afternoon.”

Directions to the Musgrove Mill Historic park:

From I-26 Westbound, take exit 52 to SC 56 Cross Anchor/Clinton. Turn right onto HWY 56 and drive north for 6 miles. The park entrance will be on the left.

Horseshoe Falls Info

Address: 398 State Park Road, Clinton, SC 29325

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One Comment about Horseshoe Falls

Ashley BohelerNo Gravatar says:
August 20th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Hi! I was wondering if any has gotten married at Horseshoe Falls before, and if so I was wondering if we could get married there?


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