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Mingo Falls

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Address: Big Cove Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
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+1 865-430-1613

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Beautiful Falls Worth the Stop

We spent the day in Cherokee and heard about this falls. The ranger at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center gave us directions and it was a short drive over to the trail head. Its says... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Larry L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent the day in Cherokee and heard about this falls. The ranger at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center gave us directions and it was a short drive over to the trail head. Its says its .4 miles in length. I hike regularly and found it to be a very short walk up a stair case when you reach the top... More 

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Blairs, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Mingo Falls is absolutely beautiful, definitely worth a stop if you're near Cherokee. The climb to get to the falls is short, but moderate in difficulty.

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Thank Lori C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a very short walk to access Mingo which is a spectacular site. The trail consists of mainly stairs so take your time if needed. Mingo Falls is definitely bigger than any picture could portray. Peaceful and quiet as well

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a pretty rainy day and it was completely empty which was awesome. The falls are a quick walk/hike through pretty forest. There are built in stairs and handrails for the uphill portion so it makes it easy for anyone to participate. The falls have a great viewing platform and what looked like a hike that would lead... More 

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Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be prepared to walk SLOWLY up the steep stairs to get to the falls. It doesn't take very long; however if you are out of shape you will need to stop every so often to catch your breath. Once you get there it is a beautiful view of the falls. Kids climbed up to the top to see and went... More 

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Harrisburg NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been going to mingo falls since the 70's and it is always a great view. My son the more adventurous one walked towards the falls and climbed many of the rocks. There are some excess logs that could be removed but definitely worth the visit.

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Nottingham, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the Mingo Falls while visiting Cherokee, NC doing some ancestry research. We were told about this Falls and the Soco falls by a local restaurant, Wize Guyz grill. I enjoyed the energizing hike up the wood steps and the beauty of the Falls. While not the biggest Falls around it was a quiet solitude Kate and I... More 

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Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mingo Falls is a bit off the beaten path and you wonder whether you will ever get there or might have missed it. There is a convenient parking lot right at the stairs that go to the falls. IF you are elderly or have a hard time hiking, this is not the place for you. Stairs are fairly steep and... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very short hike at just over a third of a mile. The elevation change from the parking lot to to the observation platform in listed as 123 feet, but it can seem much more than that. The trail begins with what I call trail steps (not normal height and not normal depth), so you can't get into... More 

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice area for short walk. Picnic area. Easy parking. Beautiful setting in the Smoky mountains. Between Cherokee and Gatlinburg.

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