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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 #2 of 16 Attractions in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks

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3 attraction reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is a must see if you are in the area. We have been to 3 other waterfalls in the area of which none compare to Mingo Falls. There is a steep hike up steps to get to the falls but its really not bad. The shear size and power of the falls is shocking. We have went in the... More 

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Mims
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The stair climb to these falls is worth it. Lots of stairs, and a decent path walk to get to this beautiful water fall. Not a lot of parking, but did not have problem when we went. The park signs are not large and we stopped at Koa campground and asked if we were headed in right direction. Aprox a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Not so hard to find if u follow the instructions u get from vistor center. Rocks are slippery. So, try at your own risk. Try to get early as by sun down the place becomes dark and afternoon the place gets crowded.

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Cherokee, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Mingo Falls is a beautiful waterfall with a short uphill hike. It has handrails and a wooded path but it's an easy walk. On a hot day the mist of the falls and the coolness of the laurel make it a great little hike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Mingo Falls is known to the Cherokee as Big Bear Falls. It is roughly a 10 minute drive from downtown Cherokee, less than a mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and roughly five miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. (No permit is needed - just go and enjoy the raw beauty!) It's easy... More 

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bradenton, fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We went on a day where there wasn't a lot of people and the views we had because of this were amazing. The steps leading up to these falls could be a little treacherous for some people, but overall well worth the hike.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Mingo Falls is located on Big Cove Road in Cherokee. You have to turn right into the camp grounds. There is a very small sign so be looking for it. There is at least 150 steps or more to climb and then a short walk to the falls. The stairs and hike is pretty easy. The waterfall is beautiful and... More 

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Conway, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Lots of steps, but well worth it. I hiked over a mile to Laurel Falls, but this was much better. The signage on the road isn't too big, so watch closely for the sign.

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Burlington, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Definitely worth the time! Was relatively easy to get to. Really go through a lush area to get to the falls. If you're on your way into Cherokee from the park take the time to see! Not far from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, which we went to first.

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