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Mingo Falls

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Address: Big Cove Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
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+1 865-430-1613

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I wasn't expecting this waterfall to be so impressive. Short flight of stairs and then a brief, rocky trail to a beautiful view of the falls. Worth a stop!

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ashley G
Prince George, Virginia
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Prince George, Virginia
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73 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wasn't expecting this waterfall to be so impressive. Short flight of stairs and then a brief, rocky trail to a beautiful view of the falls. Worth a stop!

Thank Ashley G
Oak Forest, Illinois
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting in February 2017, it was amazing!! A friend of mine when to and I didn't think she would make it. She did!! It was amazing!! I seen the falls for the first time and would recommend it to all!! Good times!!

Thank I5255IMdawns
Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must visit when you are in this part of NC. FYI: Your GPS will get you there, but there will be an area where the paved streets stop and you start wondering are you going in the right direction. But you are! Just keep driving up. You will come to a small parking lot and will see... More 

1 Thank Marcela R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first time in North Carolina and joined up with family who had been before. Mingo Falls was on my list and am so happy we could climb to the top to see it. Had a hip replaced last year so this was an accomplishment and the beauty was astounding! A must see, nature at it's finest.

1 Thank glenda F
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had been up there before 20 years ago...it was still pretty easy to get up to it. The stairs at the beginning are the hardest part. It is about .4 miles so if your young you can probably run up to it. If your older take your time like we did. If you are able to stand in the... More 

1 Thank lkwestie
Holly Springs, North Carolina
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239 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Short hike to a beautiful waterfall. Drove by many years saying I should go see the falls. Finally did and it was well worth it.

1 Thank Tanawha208
Evansville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did visit this waterfall in the summer...we were there in July...so there wasn't a large falls at this time of year. But what was more disappointing to me was the graffiti that was all over the stairs and railing leading up to the falls. Let's be clear...the pictures of the stairs leading up to the falls on this page... More 

1 Thank HR_Hopeful
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mingo Falls is one of our see places during every trip we make to the Cherokee area, it's only 167 steps up and is well worth the climb. The falls are gorgeous!

1 Thank SwissyFaye
Fairfax, Virginia
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its about 15 minutes drive from the Cherokee downtown, and there is a small parking space at the bottom of the trail. Then you hiked up some rather big steps to the falls. The hike itself is short and non-challenging at all. The falls is just as pictured, the kids then spent some time in the water. The whole trip... More 

3 Thank HaDa2000
West Allis
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Mingo Falls was so much more breathtaking than I expected. Definitely worth the short walk to the falls. I wasn't sure if I would be able to climb the stairs but it wasn't too bad, definitely don't want to miss this one!!

3 Thank 938cherylg

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