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Mingo Falls

Address: Big Cove Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
Phone Number: (865) 430-1613
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Ranked #2 of 13 Activities in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Ranch & Farm
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Mingo Falls is known to the Cherokee as Big Bear Falls. It is roughly a 10 minute drive from downtown Cherokee, less than a mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and roughly five miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. (No permit is needed - just go and enjoy the raw beauty!) It's easy... More

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bradenton, fl
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We went on a day where there wasn't a lot of people and the views we had because of this were amazing. The steps leading up to these falls could be a little treacherous for some people, but overall well worth the hike.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Mingo Falls is located on Big Cove Road in Cherokee. You have to turn right into the camp grounds. There is a very small sign so be looking for it. There is at least 150 steps or more to climb and then a short walk to the falls. The stairs and hike is pretty easy. The waterfall is beautiful and... More

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Conway, Arkansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Lots of steps, but well worth it. I hiked over a mile to Laurel Falls, but this was much better. The signage on the road isn't too big, so watch closely for the sign.

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Burlington, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Definitely worth the time! Was relatively easy to get to. Really go through a lush area to get to the falls. If you're on your way into Cherokee from the park take the time to see! Not far from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, which we went to first.

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Grand Rapids
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A favorite, I really recommend it. Easy trail, the falls are beautiful. Still make sure to wear good shoes, due to rocks and stairs but don't let it stop you, very easy hike.

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Decatur, Alabama, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We were in Gatlinburg in mid-october and heard Mingo Falls were fantastic. We had our toddler with us, so any intense or long trails were out. We always make the drive over the mountains and gap to cherokee on each trip, (takes quite a long while especially with heavy traffic and beautiful fall scenery), and saw the tripadvisor recommendations for... More

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columbus, ga
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57 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This is a short hike less than 1/2 mile but has lots of steep steps which makes it a bit strenuous. Well worth the climb for the beauty of the falls. Parking is a bit tricky as there are only 4 actual parking spots.

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Young Harris, Georgia
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39 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We had a perfect day to drive up to Cherokee to see the fall colors & find our way to Mingo Falls. These falls are worth the back road out of Cherokee. After you park just head up the stairs to see the high falls. When you get to the top there is a nice platform for viewing the falls... More

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

After driving several miles I was worried I had taken the wrong road. The only sign we saw was a small green sign mounted on a stop sign at the entrance that said "Mingo Falls." I asked at a convenience store on the way (after the Indian School) and they confirmed we were on the right road. The 150+ steps... More

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