Users' questions

How do I get from Mingo Falls to Cherokee?

How do I get from Mingo Falls to Cherokee?

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.

Are pets allowed at Mingo Falls?

Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This is an easy hike rated moderate for the stairs and rocky area before the observation bridge. Mingo Falls is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary), just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Are dogs allowed at Soco Falls?

Soco Falls is a hidden gem, that many people drive right by, not evening knowing that it’s there….Soco Falls.

Hike Details
Roundtrip Distance: .25 miles
Difficulty: Moderate to the observation deck Strenuous down to the base of the falls.
Handicap Accessible: No
Dog Friendly: Yes

How to get to Mingo Falls in Cherokee NC?

From the Saunooke Village shopping area in downtown Cherokee, drive north on Big Cove Road approximately 5 miles (past the KOA Campground) to the Mingo Falls parking lot. The walk from the parking lot is short (just a hundred yards) but very steep. More information.

Is it worth it to go to Mingo Falls?

Still, it was a worthwhile stop close to Cherokee. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. This is an awesome falls. The walk up the mountain wasn’t to back. The are was clean and no village idiots in the area. There parking lot was nice and port a John were scary as hell.

How tall is Mingo Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains?

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.

Where are the waterfalls in Cherokee, NC?

Cherokee’s Waterfalls. There are two spectacular waterfalls on the Cherokee Indian Reservation — Mingo Falls, north of town on Big Cove Road, and Soco Falls, east of town on US19 near the Blue Ridge Parkway.