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“Short hike for gorgeous water falls” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mingo Falls

Mingo Falls
Big Cove Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
(865) 430-1613
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Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Guilderland, New York
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“Short hike for gorgeous water falls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This is a must see if you are in the area.

There are about 166 steps from the parking lot to the bridge at the base of Mingo Falls. But the short 0.5 mile climb is well worth the effort.

Visited March 2014
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“Gorgeous”
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 of the trail is up a steep staircase and the rest is relatively easy dirt trail. The view when you get on the bridge and look at the falls is absolutely amazing. The waterfall was pretty "full" as well due to the extremely wet winter this year and that made the falls all the more beautiful.
We drove from Cherokee (441N) to the falls and there were no signs indicating where the falls are so it's a good thing we found out how to get there beforehand. Coming from Cherokee, you have to get onto Big Cove Road and continue for ~5 miles past the Cherokee School, KOA Campground and an RV park and there will be a tiny sign on the right that says Mingo Falls and that leads you into the parking area for the trailhead. I believe there are signs if you are coming from the park/Ocanaluftee Visitor Center but either way not that hard to find it if you know where to look.

Visited March 2014
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“Beautiful!!”
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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“Beautiful waterfall”
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.

Visited February 2014
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“Phenomenal”
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.

Visited January 2014
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