Mingo Falls is a spectacular waterfall located just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Cherokee Indian Reservation. At 120 feet the Mingo Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the area and with its easy access Mingo Falls is a must see.To arrive at the Mingo Falls trailhead just head out of Great Smoky Mountains National Park towards the town of Cherokee and take a left onto Big Cove Road. Follow the road for around 4.5 miles you will drive past one of the best looking high schools that I have ever seen, a few fishing ponds and some campgrounds then on the right hand side you will see a small red sign that says Mingo Falls with a small parking area.The trail to the waterfall is a little under a half mile and is a bit of climb with an elevation gain of little over 100 feet. The first part of the way up is stairs followed by a short path to the falls. Once to the falls there is a viewing platform that gives nice up close views.Mingo Falls meaning “Big Bear” in the Cherokee language was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to the Smoky Mountains. Make sure if you take the trip all the way to Cherokee you stop off at their very well done Museum of the Cherokee Indian which gives a great lesson about the people and history of the area. If the short uphill trek to Mingo Falls does not leave you a little breathless the beauty of the falls certainly will.
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Located on Big Cove Road at the Mingo Falls Campground
.4 Mile Trail to Mingo Falls
Easy to Moderate level trail has many steps and steep incline
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