Mingo Falls Near Cherokee

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Mingo Falls near Cherokee, NC Photo by Kaldari

Mingo Falls is a stunning waterfall located near the town of Cherokee in western North Carolina – in the Qualla Boundary—a land trust of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The waterfall drops about 120 feet into a pool below, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in the southern Appalachian Mountains. It is a popular destination for hiking and photography, and offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the region.

The hike to Mingo Falls is a moderate 0.4-mile round trip, with an elevation gain of about 160 feet. The trail winds through the forest and crosses a footbridge over the creek before arriving at the base of the waterfall. The hike can be steep and rocky at times, but the reward of seeing Mingo Falls up close makes it well worth the effort.

Mingo Falls is also known for its impressive volume of water, especially during periods of heavy rain. The waterfall is located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation and is part of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ cultural heritage. Visitors are asked to respect the natural beauty and cultural significance of the waterfall and its surrounding area.

Overall, Mingo Falls is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to western North Carolina. Its stunning natural beauty and cultural significance make it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

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