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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 #3 of 27 things to do in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Yes there are many steps to get to the falls, but you can stop and catch your breath along the way. When you get to the top of the steps there is a bench you can rest on also before you make the short distance to the falls. Once you step up on the bridge and get a look at... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Loved visiting the falls and it was a beautiful place. It is a bit of a climb to reach the falls but well worth it. We went on a beautiful hot day but the falls cooled us down. Do not miss this beautiful site!

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Festus, Missouri
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Although you can park close to these falls, the hike up the stairs and then the path would be difficult for some...like someone with arthritis or breathing problems. You can rest any time you need to. Otherwise, I would say it's easy to get to because the hike is actually fairly short. There is a viewing platform at the top... More 

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Blackshear, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

We hiked to the falls in the middle of a snow storm, and we were the ONLY people there. The trail is steep, but not difficult. We were a party of 7. My daughter has spina bifida and uses crutches. We had to give her extra support to left her legs onto some of the steps. She was determined to... More 

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We must have visited when the water was high because the view was spectacular. The walk up was strenuous but short. The only negative was that it is not well marked. We found it all right but the signs could be larger.

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Elberton, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

It was breathtaking! Icecicles were dripping down the rocks! The steps are steep but worth the climb. Much prettier than anything man could build!

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Sugar Grove, Virginia
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

A scenic treasure awaits at the top of the quarter-mile climb (mostly steps and family friendly). Mingo is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Appalachians. From Cherokee, take Hwy 441 north to the sign for "Big Cove Road." Turn right and then left to stay on Big Cove Road, then approximately 4-5 miles on the right, park at... More 

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North Augusta, SC
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Such a beautiful waterfall with the ice around it! Decent haul up the stairs but VERY WELL WORTH IT!!!

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Wiggins, Mississippi
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
42 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The falls are beautiful, and very large! The "hike" to them is actually a stair case that has just north of 150 steps in it, so it's a workout getting up there, but it's so worth it!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

When you get there you first see a long line of stairs. Don't let them scare you because they are not that far and it is the hardest part. You can rest several places if need be. We had a 4 year old and 6 year old and they had no troubles. We even passed elderly people taking there time.... More 

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