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Mingo Falls, Cherokee

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Just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, discover Mingo Falls. The 36.5 m (120 ft) waterfall is one of the tallest falls in the southern Appalachians. Take a short hike along Pigeon Creek Trail to view the falls. The hike is only 0.65 km (0.4 mi) but includes many steep steps, making it a bit of a challenging climb. At the top of the stairs, you'll see and feel the mist of the powerful falls. There are no facilities other than parking here, but you'll find services in the town of Cherokee just a few miles south. Work out when and for how long to visit Mingo Falls and other Cherokee attractions using our handy Cherokee vacation builder.
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  • This is quite possibly the best and most beautiful waterfall in the mountains. The hike isn't bad, the view is fantastic. So majestic. When I'm having a bad day, this is the happy place I go to in my ...  more »
  • Mingo Falls is extraordinarily beautiful. They are a hidden gem for us to find. The steps up are strenuous for some but well worth the view! I would highly recommend making this a stop on a trip to th...  more »
  • At about 120' tall, this is one of the (if not the) tallest waterfalls in the area. It's a nice double fall meaning it has two tiers. The only real viewing area is the bridge that crosses the creek at...  more »
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  • We've been to this waterfall twice, and I was a bit disappointed the second time. It's very pretty, but the water flow was much stronger in May last year than it was in July of this year. Maybe it's just the time of year. But I was still very pretty, and it was neat to see the water run over the mossy rocks differently than they did last year. I would suggest going early in the morning, and definitely not on a holiday weekend. Parking is very limited. There are two ways into the parking area, one being a one lane road and that makes it very difficult to get through when people are parking on both sides of an already narrow road. The trial up is a staircase, and then once you get to the top it's a dirt/rocky path up to the bridge where you can see the falls.
  • This is a pretty waterfall with remarkably easy access. There's a parking area right beside Mingo creek with signage leading the way. A set of stairs and a gravel path leads right to a bridge at the base of the falls. The falls is much prettier when there's been a recent rain. Enjoy!!!!
  • We had three adults, 2 children and 2 dogs and we were able to hike up with relative ease. It is a little steep, but our children are used to hiking. The Falls are beautiful!! Well worth it.
  • Easily accessible waterfall just outside of Cherokee, NC. Must be able to climb 100s of stairs. Once you get up the stairs, the trail is short and easy to reach Mingo Falls. Overlook bridge for those not wanting to make the trek up to the waterfall itself.
  • Very beautiful off the beaten path waterfall. There are 161 steps at the beginning and then a short hike but it is totally worth it and accessible to children. Depending on the weather depends on how much flow the fall will have.