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Mingo Falls

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Address: Big Cove Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
Phone Number: (865) 430-1613
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Beautiful, quick hike to the falls. Worth the little effort it takes to get to the top. The steps look intimidating at first but are not bad at all. My 8 and 10 year olds walked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful, quick hike to the falls. Worth the little effort it takes to get to the top. The steps look intimidating at first but are not bad at all. My 8 and 10 year olds walked it with no problem.

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Clermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Excellent way to spend an afternoon, if you enjoy nature you will love Mingo Falls. We actually went there 2 days in a row.

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Graham, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful waterfall. A bit of an uphill trail, but very short. Earlier in the day may be a better time to visit. We arrived about 7 pm and the sun was shining right on the waterfall which made picture taking tricky.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great for families! Be on the lookout for the very small brown sign for the turn off. Does have about 30-50 steps at start but not very long trail. Falls are tall but not very robust with water flow. You can work your way down to the bottom below the bridge and dip your toes in the cool water.

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Jupiter, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This waterfall was quite the site to see. The only down fall was all the mountain stairs you have to hike up to get to it. I would say people with any aliments or elderly would have a hard time reaching the falls. But it was really amazing glad we took the time to see it while in Cherokee.

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Webb City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Take the time to drive out there...it is a few miles out of town. It's so pretty and you really should see it while in Cherokee.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Yes, I was huffin' and puffin' before I got to the top of the stair climb but it was worth it. You have to hike 50 yards further to see a very nice waterfall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Lots of stairs, but worth the view. One side of the bridge was even enough to take my toddler down to play in the water. Great pictures! My son and husband climbed up by the bottom of the falls on the other side of the bridge.

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LaFayette, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Now I say without a long hike but be aware that a local told us it was 160 inclined steps, and I'm sure that's about it. Having said that, it's really not bad at all. Seniors can stop on the way up if they need to, but it will only take a few short minutes to reach the top. After... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

No charge. Tall waterfall on Big Cove Road, just passed KOA. Short hike up steps. Some of the guys climbed rocks to the top for fun. Nice photo spot too.

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Address: Big Cove Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
Phone Number: (865) 430-1613
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cherokee

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