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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls
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Killeen, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If your in fair to good health do it, if not stay away! It's about 160 well built steps to the top to see a beautiful falls. No bathroom in sight at top or bottom! Take your water. No cost attraction and take your camera.

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Troy, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My family and I visited and everyone was amazed by the size and beauty. There are several steps to climb and a rough walk path leading up to the viewing platform so bring comfortable walking shoes. My best guess is 1 hour total trip. Pictures will not do it justice so you will have to see it for yourself.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

If you're near Cherokee, you've got to make the quick drive (and very steep but quick hike) to the falls. Bring water shoes and get your feet wet. The falls are breathtaking--well worth the effort.

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FL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Beautiful falls......outside of town a little but worth the ride and the climb. There are steps of wood and dirt with a rail to hold onto most of the way. One area is precarious and then a little more walking and steps onto a bridge. The falls are 200 ft high and framed by the old wood and colorful greens.... More

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South Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was a moderate hike with a nice stair path 3/4 of the way up. The last hike to the waterfall can be a bit rocky and slippery, appropriate shoes would be great although I did climb it with flip flops on. We did see a few people playing in the falls so if that's your cup of tea bring... More

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north carolina
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204 reviews 204 reviews
93 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

These falls are very big and very accessible with a steep set of stairs from a small parking lot. Very much worth the effort to walk the stairs but these would not be recommended for anyone who might not be physically fit. It isn't a very long walk which is nice. Well worth the drive and walk up.

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La Grange, North Carolina
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is about .5 mile hike up to the falls. Well worth the walk! Beautiful. Moderate walk, you are mostly going up, but so worth it!! Great picture taking spot!!

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Crossville, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great falls. Keep going until you get the full view. Watch for the sign, I went past and had to turn around. It is on the right side coming from Cherokee. Good parking and a lot of shade. We did a few steps and rested going up. Enjoy.

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Lutz, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Beautiful falls, not too crowded. The hike isn't that bad, just have to climb a lot of stairs starting at parking lot and once up the stairs, a few minutes of walking.

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Brandenburg, Kentucky
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We drove about 30 minutes on a decent, but curvy road. Watch for the sign to turn off to the right, it is hard to see. Ample parking and then a 15 minute hike up the hill on a mountain type trail (no danger or cliffs, just lots of roots uphill along the creek. You can't see the creek, but... More

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