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Mingo Falls

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Address: Big Cove Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
Phone Number: (865) 430-1613
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It's a short refreshing walk to the base of the falls. It's best viewed after a good rainfall, I'm pretty sure in a drier time the water flow would not be so good.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lee G
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a short refreshing walk to the base of the falls. It's best viewed after a good rainfall, I'm pretty sure in a drier time the water flow would not be so good.

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Thank Lee G
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

158 steps then a short walk across uneven ground (rocks & tree roots). It was absolutely beautiful when you reach the falls.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Mingo Falls was easy to get to from Cherokee. There are 166 steps to climb, and then a short woodland trail to walk to get to the falls. You may need to stop and rest on the way up if you are not in shape. It is a very small viewing bridge, and when we were there in August there... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Especially on a warm day, the Mingo Falls setting is a refreshingly cool attraction set amongst the shady hardwoods along a mountain stream. Despite the low flow in deep summer, the falls themselves are lovely - surprisingly precipitous drops of perhaps 300 total feet running in stepped rivulets high above the (pretty tiny) bridge overlook at the trail termination. The... More 

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Kannapolis, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of steps, but definitely worth the moderate climb to see the Falls! A short drive to get there!

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White Lake, Michigan, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Long walk up stairs have bone cancer wanted to see this fall badly, got to top of it and there's no water....

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When visiting Cherokee or the casino, hike Mingo Falls. I'm overweight and have a bad back. I stopped and rested on the way up but believe me it is well worth the short hike. It is only several miles from the casino. Don't miss it!!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a bit hard to find, the directions to KOA campground was very helpful, parking lot was small, lots of up hill stairs but it was a heavenly sight and worth the additional research to find.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is not much signage to let you know if you are even close. You have to climb steps 1st and then once you are at the top, just watch the tree roots. The falls is very pretty and really tall.

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London, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk up to Mingo is not hard on an old person. When you get to the top you are amazed at how beautiful it is. It is not far out of town but it is something to put on your bucket list.

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