Moonshiner Cave

Go Wild with us in the Smoky Mountains and hike to the Moonshiner’s Cave and Courthouse Rock near Gatlinburg.


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Making Moonshine in the Smoky Mountains

We talk you along a hidden roadway and single track trail that is not on maps or guide books. This particular trail most local folks don’t even know about, only those with a moonshiner’s spirit of adventure know where this trail is. You hike in close proximity to a small mountain branch, old Quilliams Creek, that had the perfect soft water needed for making illegal moonshine. We’ll see an old Moonshiners Cave used to stashing corn liquor from the prying eyes of the law, along with impressive Courthouse Rock, Judge Rock,  and a unique waterfall with a very impressive Cave House. No doubt where an old moonshiner lived and perfected his craft! This is an excellent step back to a more WILD time in the Smoky Mountains!

Interesting side note about moonshine history among our guides. One of our guide’s family was caught by another staff members grandfather during prohibition for making and selling illegal moonshine in the Smoky Mountains. We also know where that still was located!

Half Day Hike: Total hiking time is around 4hrs.

Total Distance: 4 miles

Difficulty Rating: Trail is rated as Moderately Strenuous. Rocky uneven terrain with a bit of off trail adventure. Sturdy hiking shoes and good physical condition recommended

Meeting Location: For this hike we meet at Sugarlands Visitor Center in Gatlinburg Tennessee


For Reservations call (828)-421-0172,  or book securely from our website!