GPS for waterfall: 34.82230, -83.19219
Water source: Unnamed
Height: approximately 25 feet
Located on an unnamed tributary not far from Grapevine Branch, Moonshine Falls was given its name by Truman Nicholson, who came upon it while turkey hunting. While not much in drought conditions, this waterfall would be a sight to see with higher water flow. At the base of the falls, there is an old, rusted mash box and moonshine barrel. On the hill beside the falls are the remains of a much more recent moonshine operation.
Parking: Going north on Highway 28, turn left onto Whetstone Road. In approximately 4.9 miles, at the stop sign, turn left onto Chattooga Ridge Road. In approximately 1.6 miles, turn left onto FS 764, which is Grapevine Branch Road. Drive for approximately 1.5 miles, and park in the pullout, GPS 34.82478, -83.19275.
Hike: The hike to Moonshine Falls is approximately .75 miles round trip, depending on your route. Experience with off-trail hiking and map reading skills is required for this hike. Approaching from slightly downstream on river left is less steep and easier to navigate.