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“Worth the walk up the steps:)”
Review of Mingo Falls

Mingo Falls
Ranked #2 of 33 things to do in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 17, 2011

Used the gps to get us there. We came to a road that was blocked off and ended up parking in a small neighborhood. So we walk up the road and then, to our surprise, we see a parking lot where we could have parked had we drove in a different way. Anyway, you have to walk up about 160 steep steps. There's a bench on the side about halfway up if you need to rest. Once you get to the top you see a small like river. At first I was thinking "this is what all the fuss is about?" Then I look to my left and wow, and amazing waterfall. We stayed there for about 20 minutes. Taking pictures, adventuring up and down the rocks/falling trees. Had a wonderful time.

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Reviewed December 9, 2010

We were camping in Gatlinburg, TN in July 2010. (Mingo Falls was about a 1 1/2 hour drive from the Adventure Bound Campground.) The drive was kind of out of the way but it was very worth it. We got there about an hour before dark because we were sightseeing other places along the way. As we got out of the car a couple came down and told us that the mosquitos on the way up were really bad. We loaded ourselves up with bug spray and had no problem. We also took a lantern with us just in case we got caught up there after dark. The steps weren't too bad. I had sprained my knee the day before and was still able to do it. The view of the Falls was amazing. When you get to the Falls you are supposed to stay on the wooden bridge. My husband and teenage daughter climbed off the bridge and walked on the rocks infront of the falls to take better pictures. Fortunately, no one got hurt! We were up there alone for a good while until someone else came. We absolutely loved this little paradise spot that was out in the middle of no where.

The nearby town looked like it had a lot of neat Native American stuff. We passed several interesting stores with a few Native Americans dressed in costumes dancing outside. We passed a mechanical bull ride & several painted bear statues. There was also a creek along the road to get there & we saw several people tubing in it like a lazy river. If we would have had more time in the day we would have spent more time in this area. We only had time to do the Mingo Falls but it was worth it.

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Reviewed November 4, 2010

If you are able to climb stairs, do not miss this quick side trip. Went early AM, can be foggy but was not on this day. Quite a few stairs, but not real difficult, short hike after that in beautiful forested area - - In the fall, the ammount of water is decreased, but still beautiful and so peaceful, not to be missed if you are physically able!

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Reviewed August 30, 2010

Visited Cherokee, NC this weekend. Our group consisted of two adults and children 12, 9, and 3. Location was easy to find with GPS. As previous reviews stated, sign was very faded and drive was inside a less than attractive trailor park. You will also see similar parks on the way there. We were actually pretty shocked from what we saw.... Campers covered by carports. But, didnt lessen the experience by any means, just interesting to see. Parking lot was indeed very small. Quite a few stairs to go up, will definetly get your heart pumping, but there is a bench once you reach the top. Then you take a small trail approximately 3/4 feet wide. Keep your eyes on the small children because it is a very steep drop off into the creek. Once you reach the falls it will be worth every bit of it. They are absoluelty beautiful. My 12 & 9 year old actually climbed up to the falls and thought it was amazing. We visited quite a few places between Pigeon Forge and Cherokee and the kids said this was their favorite. This is a place I would definetly recommend.

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Reviewed August 8, 2010

The falls were gorgeous and defintely worth the walk. The walk itself wasn't bad, as long as you are able to do stairs. The stairs were the wide ones (for the most part) that you could make two steps out of it needed. The day we walked up there, there was a lot of kids playing at the bottom of the falls which surprised me and made my two small kids want to join in so be prepared for that. The walk itself took less than 5 minutes with a 3 yr old and 7 yr old. There is not lot of room for parking and the area itself isn't labeled very well, there is a huge sign at the entrance of the road that says Mingo Falls but it is pretty faded and worn so be on the look out for the entrance.

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