Mingo Falls, Cherokee

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Waterfall · Nature / Park
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Just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, discover Mingo Falls. The 36.5 m (120 ft) waterfall is one of the tallest falls in the southern Appalachians. Take a short hike along Pigeon Creek Trail to view the falls. The hike is only 0.65 km (0.4 mi) but includes many steep steps, making it a bit of a challenging climb. At the top of the stairs, you'll see and feel the mist of the powerful falls. There are no facilities other than parking here, but you'll find services in the town of Cherokee just a few miles south. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Cherokee holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Mingo Falls and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I can't believe that we've never seen this beautiful waterfall, as many times as we've been to Cherokee. The only reason we saw it and visited this time was because my friend saw it on TripAdvisor... 
    I can't believe that we've never seen this beautiful waterfall, as many times as we've been to Cherokee. The only reason we saw it and visited this time was because my friend saw it on TripAdvisor...  more »
  • Was easy to find and enjoy. We started each day with ideas for the day and this was a favorite place. 
    Was easy to find and enjoy. We started each day with ideas for the day and this was a favorite place.  more »
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  • Lots of stairs at first but WELL WORTH IT!!! Quick and short hike... To an amazing waterfall. One of the best I've seen in a very long time. Do it. You won't regret it.
  • Beautiful falls. The parking lot has plenty of space. A Porta potty is there. The stairs leading to the cascades are non slippery, but it is steep climb. Take your time because the view at the end is worth the effort. It is kids and pet friendly. Please, don't leave any trash.

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