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Mingo Falls

Big Cove Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
(865) 430-1613
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Ranked #1 of 7 activities in Cherokee
Type: Waterfalls
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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Just went here this afternoon and I'd say it's a must see if you are in the area. The falls are 120 feet tall and I think it's easier to get to than the other tall waterfalls in the park. It's a short (< 0.5 mile) but steep trail to the bridge across the base of the falls, about 3/4... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We happened upon Mingo Falls while on vacation. I have to say that it was one of the best finds imaginable. It is absolutely gorgeous and a wonderful backdrop for pictures. Well worth the climb!!!

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Quiet a few steps to climb to the top, but well worth it.... One of my top waterfalls.... I've been up several times and there's never a lot of people there... I could just stand on the bridge forever and watch this falls. Stop by the welcome center for directions if your unsure.. It's not really advertised.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Phenomenal Frozen Waterfall. Even though the temperature was around 12 degrees it was worth being out there. Easy hike for the beautiful view.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Very shortly as you pass the Oconaluftee visitor center there is a road on the left named acquiona. Make a left onto this rd, then another left onto big cove. You will see the KOA campground on right & the bridge right after that will have a TINY brown sign that says Mingo Falls. My GPS took us well past... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Well, like everyone says, it's a spectacular view and well worth the short hike. The climb is 160 steps up from the parking lot and then 175 paces along a mostly level forest trail to the wooden bridge overlook. Possibly 10 degrees cooler at the falls than the parking lot below. The falls are located off Big Cove Road, which... More

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Dakota, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Lovely waterfalls are my weakness. Around the Great Smoky Mountain National Park most of them are a long hike away from parking. I am not crazy about doing that many stairs (about 150 tough ones) but this was worth the climb. We stood and watched the falling water for about 20 minutes and chatted with other vacationers there -- took... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We stayed at Cherokee KOA and this is so near. The sights are wonderful and its a easy hike. I have a little one (2 years old) and it was very easy to get to the falls with him. There is no entry fee and there is enough of parking space. This place is very near to the Blue ridge... More

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Greensboro, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Incredible sight once you climb up about 150 stairs! We were looking for a hiking trail, which we thought would be plentiful, and were told about this cascade. Only a quarter mile hike wasn't quite enough for our dog's energy level, but would definately recommend that you go see it!

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Indy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

After a very short hike up a trail you will come to a little bridge - go out on the bridge and see one of largest waterfalls in the area. It was a very pleasant surprise - you can't see it at all until you're out on the bridge. Just go straight through Smokey Mtn park on 441, first stop... More

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