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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Cherokee holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Mingo Falls and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Relatively easy to get to, but steps are awkward in a few spots. The falls were impressive definite must see when your in the area  more »
  • Beautiful falls, takes quite a few steps to get to the falls. Was raining the day we went but still well worth it. Breath taking!  more »
  • This .4 mile hike is well worth the time and bit of effort. There are 161 steps. The falls were especially spectacular this week due to heavy rains earlier in the week. I suspect it is a lovely hike i...  more »
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  • Easy hike, beautiful fall. Quite and peaceful. we went on fall so there was little water because of dry season.
  • 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!!
  • One of two falls near the Smokey Mountains that I absolutely love. Another great waterfall within 100 miles is Anna Ruby Falls.
  • 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.
  • 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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