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. Located within the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, this beautiful cascade stands about 10 feet tall.

Horseshoe Falls

Leonard Vaughan of Lexington, 2013 © 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 during the Revolutionary War. However, Musgrove’s daughter Mary helped a Patriot soldier hide from the British troops in a small cave near these falls.

Horseshoe Falls

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

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

To reach the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, travel I-26 westbound until you reach exit 52 to SC 56 Cross Anchor/Clinton. Turn right onto Highway 56 and drive north for six miles. The park entrance will be on your left.

Reflections on Horseshoe Falls

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.”

Leonard Vaughan says, “Horseshoe Falls (aka Gordons Mill Falls) are located on Cedar Shoals Creek just above where it meets the Enoree River. The falls are part of the Musgrove Mill Historic Site along the border of Laurens and Spartanburg counties. The falls are nearly 10 feet high, which is unusual to be found in the Piedmont region. Legend has it that an American Revolutionary soldier and his horse hid from British soldiers in the cavern to the left of the waterfall.”

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Horseshoe Falls Info

Address: 398 State Park Road, Clinton, SC 29325

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2 Comments about Horseshoe Falls

Tanya MartinNo Gravatar says:
April 12th, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Love going to there, it’s my favorite place to go an just relax. I hope to see if I can get some info about getting married there, but not sure if they allow it..great spot to layout in sun an relax why the kids play and a beautiful place to take pictures…

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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