We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mingo Falls

Big Cove Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
+1 865-430-1613
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
Be ready for the stairs!!!

This waterfall is breathtaking (and so are the stairs you have to climb to reach it! HaHa). But... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lisa N
Mingo "great" Falls

This waterfall is a fairly short hike from parking lot, 0.2 mile one way, most of it upstairs going... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
allergyguy
Read all 939 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“short hike” (81 reviews)
“worth the climb” (59 reviews)
LOCATION
Big Cove Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
CONTACT
Website
+1 865-430-1613
Write a ReviewReviews (939)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"short hike"
in 81 reviews
"beautiful waterfall"
in 66 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 59 reviews
"big cove road"
in 37 reviews
"easy hike"
in 23 reviews
"wooden bridge"
in 16 reviews
"small parking area"
in 12 reviews
"tree roots"
in 10 reviews
"tall waterfall"
in 9 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 18 reviews
"steep steps"
in 18 reviews
"half mile"
in 13 reviews
"take your time"
in 28 reviews
"walk up"
in 12 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 21 reviews
"national park"
in 17 reviews
"cherokee area"
in 9 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 935 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

This waterfall is breathtaking (and so are the stairs you have to climb to reach it! HaHa). But take your time climbing, have some water with you, and its not too bad. Definitely worth the climb!

Thank Lisa N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 days ago

This waterfall is a fairly short hike from parking lot, 0.2 mile one way, most of it upstairs going in. Watch rocky ground at top of steps. Can be strenuous, but take some breaks and you will be ok. Falls are beautiful and well worth...More

Thank allergyguy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 days ago

Its straight up .4 miles to see the falls. But its worth it. The trail has concrete steps going up half the way, which is the hardest part. Then its a dirt path up to the bridge going across the water. The bridge is the...More

Thank ScriptureCandy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful falls right off the road. Easy to get to if you can walk up a bunch of steps and travel across uneven ground. We were there right after rain so it was especially pretty.

1  Thank Lynn K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful waterfall on the Cherokee reservation. The walk starts with approx 70 steps uphill on a nicely maintained cement staircase. The rest of the walk is typical trail with rocky terrain in places and wet surfaces. About a 10-15 minute walk for...More

1  Thank R1635TNrebeccaa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a big day filled with stops on the Southern end of the National Park as well as exploring Cherokee. This waterfall was a big surprise for us. It’s huge and beautiful! Many steps up and then we jumped around on the rocks near...More

1  Thank lindsaylur
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

there is over 140 uneven steps to climb , and then you have to walk on rocks then you reach a bridge that faces the waterfall.

1  Thank Mrspeach A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful falls located very conveniently to Cherokee NC. The hike up is about 180 steps and through some dirt, but that what you expect in the mountains. Well worth the minimal effort to get there!

Thank SeanPOM
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

It had been heavily raining a few days before we got there so the falls were so breathtaking. Nice parking lot. 4/10 of a mile hike, mostly up steps.

1  Thank captmom
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Living in the area, I go here often. It is by far the most impressive waterfall in The Smokies in my opinion. It is a great short workout up the stairs and the waterfall never disappoints.

1  Thank SmurfySmurfette80
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 28 hotels in Cherokee
Great Smokies Inn
262 reviews
3.18 km away
Cherokee Lodge
146 reviews
3.28 km away
Baymont by Wyndham Cherokee Smoky Mountains
1,151 reviews
3.51 km away
Pink Motel
160 reviews
3.80 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Sassy Sunflowers Bakery & Cafe
360 reviews
3.14 km away
Brio Tuscan Grill
1,465 reviews
6.12 km away
Peter's Pancakes & Waffles
1,070 reviews
3.70 km away
Wize Guyz Grille
278 reviews
3.09 km away
Nearby Attractions
Mingus Mill
171 reviews
1.80 km away
Mountain Farm Museum
415 reviews
1.80 km away
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
1,249 reviews
4.96 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Ken M
23 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from bwdcougar | Reviewed this property |
Yes, if you climb up to the falls off trail.
1
Vote
Brittney B
6 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from HaDa2000 | Reviewed this property |
no one will stop you, you play at your own risk.
0
Votes
Zuolin C
31 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from SwissyFaye | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I tried to edit... My response was to read, Go, Hike... not go home😊
0
Votes