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.
Mingo Falls reviews
The 150+ steps at the very beginning of the hike are the worst part. Once you get to the top of those, it's a fairly easy trail. The falls are well worth the hike up. BEAUTIFUL! more »
There’s a lot of steps to get there but absolutely worth it. I had my then three-year-old with me and she was able to walk it. It’s a beautiful site although I wish they wouldn’t of put a bridge up. more »
Most beautiful place that I have ever been to! Great parking at the bottom of the steps. Once you go up the stairs and follow the trail, you arrive at beautiful Mingo Falls. If you want to see a beautiful sight and you love nature, this is the place for you.
Beautiful and fairly easy to access unless you are mobility impaired (158 steps of varying sizes). There is a small trail at the top that leads to Upper Mingo Falls, which are equally beautiful, but it is quite dangerous as the trail traveses the top of Mingo Falls itself over slippery rocks close to the edge. Do not try this unless you are experienced and have appropriate shoes and safety gear.
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