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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!!!

Enjoyed seeing the cascading waterfall of Mingo Falls. Such a stunning view, and the sounds were amazing!! Will definitely visit again when we go back to Cherokee. Be prepared... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed seeing the cascading waterfall of Mingo Falls. Such a stunning view, and the sounds were amazing!! Will definitely visit again when we go back to Cherokee. Be prepared for the long climp to the top, with about 180 steps is what I was told.

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Hopkinton, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We had some ridge hikes planned, but it wasn't a great day, so we went to the visitor center and asked a ranger for waterfall hike recommendations on the North Carolina side of he park, and he recommended Mingo Falls, among others. This is a nice waterfall, well worth the short drive from the visitor center (it is actually not... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Finding the falls isn't exactly easy but if you pay attention, you will see the small sign and yes, you will think you are lost on the way there but the payoff is very much worth it. I have visited most off the waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains and even though this waterfall falls outside of the park boundaries,... More 

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Cleveland, Tennessee, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Beautiful falls on a well maintained path just a few hundred yards from the parking area. It took about us about ten minutes to go up, and about 10 minutes to come back down. Most of the trail is concrete steps with a handrail to hold onto if you need it.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

These falls are Beautiful. You might think you are lost but just keep driving past the KOA and then another campground. The walk is OK going to the falls. This is s busy place. You can climb on the rocks around the falls or stand on the bridge at the bottom of the falls.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The falls were very difficult to find with a very small sign. Turn after the privacy fence. There were a lot of steep stairs to climb, but it was a short hike. Beautiful 125' falls.

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Winterville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Just get on Big Cove Road in Cherokee and go. It's going to be a long winding road, and you're going to swear you're on the wrong road, and you're going to think you need to turn around and go back, and then *BOOM*! - you're going to see a tiny little sign in the middle of a curve and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Excellent walk. Not spectacular but not bad. Easy mostly level walk can stretch legs not a work out. Safe nice spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

After spending several days in the Smokey Mountains National park, my family and I ventured down to Cherokee, NC. We stopped in one of the hotels and picked up some brochures and asked for recommendations on things to do. Hotel attendant suggested Mingo Falls. It was an easy drive from main area. Doesn't look like much from the bottom, but... More 

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Calabash, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This was absolutely amazing !! A little hard to find though put the address in google maps and look to the right for the steps ! And cars lol

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