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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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Spent a few hours of one afternoon checking out this great little site. You can climb the stairs and admire the beauty of the falls. You can even climb higher up the falls it you choose. My family had a blast and my 9 & 11 year old boys enjoyed the cLimb and the cool breeze off the water.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We have a 3 year old and 7. I would say to see their face when we got on the bridge was amazing. It is woth the 172 steps. It us steep but is something worth the trip. We spent about 35 to 40 minutes round trip.

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Sarasot
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We heard Mingo Falls were the tallest in the area so we had to take a look. The drive from Bryson City was fun through Cherokee although we did not stop at any of the shops. Signs to the falls are clear and parking is good. Lots of steps up and then a short easy path. The falls are tall... More

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Herndon, Virginia
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200 reviews 200 reviews
35 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Small to medium sized with a modest flow. It takes about 15 minutes to hike from the road and see the falls. The hike is short but steep. At the end there is a rope set up to help stay on the path, the kids will get a kick out of this. There is only a small pull-off from the... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My Fiancé and I are vacationing in the Carolinas for 1 week. Today we decided to make a day of hiking and taking picture's. We drove out here and climbed the 144 steps and walk down a small path to a bridge. Where you could stand and admire the beautiful waterfall. We...decided to actually climb up the stream of rocks... More

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Killeen, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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