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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  • August 14, 2017
    This is our favorite waterfall . It is a lot of steps but so worth it. My family has been hiking Mingo Falls for over 10 years. It is always a must.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We visited the falls for the first time over the weekend. I had seen it online but had never visited in all the trips to Cherokee. The sign said .4 of a mile but I think it is less than that. It is a ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The parking lot/surrounding area is very run down and trashy, but once you climb the many steps and walk the total of .4 mile to the falls they are breathtaking! Be carefull as steps and path cans be ...  more »
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  • May 21, 2017
    Easy hike, beautiful fall. Quite and peaceful. we went on fall so there was little water because of dry season.
  • May 8, 2017
    A must see also while getting there make sure you go throu Maggie Valley road so many local shops and great cabins yo rent just beautiful!!
  • March 16, 2017
    One of two falls near the Smokey Mountains that I absolutely love. Another great waterfall within 100 miles is Anna Ruby Falls.
  • March 4, 2017
    What a beautiful place. Nature at its finest. Visited while on vacation with family. Alot of stairs , but worth every step. Thanks to Jason for sharing this gem.
  • March 13, 2017
    Easy hike up the stair case! Nature is so beautiful! Just one of the many waterfalls in the area

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Where to stay in Cherokee

Cherokee has no shortage of hotels, motels, and inns. Accommodations range from basic and affordable to lavish and extremely expensive. A towering casino downtown offers many rooms, but rustic cabins and cottages are more characteristic of the area. These places offer mountain views as well as fully equipped kitchens and in-room fireplaces and hot tubs. If you wish to explore the Great Smoky Mountains on your own terms, consider one of the area's campgrounds. Most are full-service, featuring both trailer and tent sites as well as hot showers, electric hookups, and on-site grocery stores.
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