“one of the most fabulous falls in the whole Smoky Mountains area”
Mingo Falls is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary), just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. No special permits are required for access to the reservation. At 120 feet tall, the waterfall is one of the tallest and most spectacular in the southern Appalachians. The hike to the waterfall is only 0.4 miles in length, but is considered moderate in difficulty. Access Trail: Pigeon Creek Trail Trailhead: From Oconaluftee Visitor Center, drive south (toward Cherokee) on US-441 and take the second left onto Big Cove Road. At the first stop sign turn left and drive 4.5 miles to Mingo Falls Campground, where the trail begins.
This was a quick stop that turned into a 2 hour long visit. The hike up to the viewing platform is about 10-15minutes up cutout stairs to the viewing bridge at the base of the waterfall and has a fantastic view. BUT if you are feeling adventurous, hop the platform on the left side and there is a trail the goes up to another smaller waterfall and pool. It's a very visible and fairly steep trail. It has some amazing views, and is way worth the climb to get to look over a waterfall..
This is a definite place that you want to see if you like waterfalls the hike is short, the path is great and there is a platform at the top you can stand to observe the falls absolutely beautiful
con: you gotta climb like 150 stairs.
pro: this is without a doubt the best waterfall you'll ever see. it's huge! so amazing, go right after a storm for best results.
Mingo was AWESOME. As another commenter mentioned there is another trail to the left side of the platform that leads up to another smaller waterfall and you will come out right at the top of Mingo Falls. You can look right down to the bottom, but be careful. The weather was great even in November.
Loved it! Definitely worth the stop!
This waterfall was a hidden gem, it's quite a steep climb up a set of stairs, but it's not too far of a hike and once you get to the platform in front of the falls it's breathtaking! They are so high up, so grand !
absolutely stunning! Well worth the 158 stair climb! We went in early February right after some heavy rain fall so the trail was wet, but it made for one of the most spectacular waterfalls I have ever seen!!!! If it weren't for the roadtrippers app I would have never known about this little gem and I beyond grateful!!!
Absolutely beautiful, a must see and worth the stair trek to the top!!! Thx to local shop for telling us about this gem!!!
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