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Beautiful Falls

One of the tallest falls in the western NC area.They are most beautiful during this time of year... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
J. Calvin Y
Cherokee, North Carolina
Beautiful waterfall!

This was a really beautiful waterfall. Be prepared to walk up a strait up walkway, stairway. Take... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Robert W
Becket, United States
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Big Cove Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
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All reviews short hike beautiful waterfall worth the climb big cove road easy climb wooden bridge small parking area tree roots steep steps worth the effort half mile take your time walk up worth the trip national park cherokee area visitor center
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Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the tallest falls in the western NC area.They are most beautiful during this time of year when there is a chance of frozen over spray.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank J. Calvin Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a really beautiful waterfall. Be prepared to walk up a strait up walkway, stairway. Take your time and stop to drink water and catch your breath on the way up. Certainly worth the short walk up ! Once you turn the last corner...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Robert W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always a pleasant drive from downtown Cherokee. Eat lunch in the little village across the river from the Cherokee Heritage Center and travel up Mills Road to the falls. Entrance is a quick turn right after a very sharp left turn in the road. Have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tony B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

15 minutes from downtown Cherokee. The 160’stairs have some space between them so it is not bad at all. Hike is 0.4 miles. My hubby HATES to hike, but even he liked this one. Very beautiful wooded area with moss covered rock outcroppings. Lovely falls,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Annsims
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

This trail looks really intimidating from the parking area. Looks like the stairway to heaven. And it could be, if you have a serious heart condition! Otherwise, you need to do it. Once you clear the vertical climb up the stairs, the trail levels out,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank loisp297
Reviewed 30 October 2018

Beautiful waterfall, well worth the hike. Be prepared to walk up a ton of steps and then a short hike thru the woods.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dana S
Reviewed 25 October 2018

After a climb up the stairs, this is a very easy walk and a very beautiful waterfall. We were not expecting how beautiful it was.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Worth finding for sure! It is not assessible by any way but stairs. If you can climb stairs, you can get there, there are handrails to hold onto. The rocks at the top are wet, so just be careful. It is one of the prettier...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank HELJAN
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Steep steps lead up for most of the hike then a rocky terrain for a short distance before you approach the foot bridge where you can rest & capture great photos of the waterfall. We stopped here after visiting the Cherokee Muesem and then headed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank t0rtiz
Reviewed 20 October 2018

We visited Mingo Falls in October. To get to the falls, you have to climb up steep steps up the mountainside. It's well worth the climb.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Ken M
23 September 2017|
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Response from bwdcougar | Reviewed this property |
Yes, if you climb up to the falls off trail.
Brittney B
6 June 2017|
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Response from HaDa2000 | Reviewed this property |
no one will stop you, you play at your own risk.
Zuolin C
31 May 2017|
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Response from SwissyFaye | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I tried to edit... My response was to read, Go, Hike... not go home😊