Mingo Falls Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews

Mingo Falls Trail is a 0.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

0.4 miles 124 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

107 steps to a beautiful waterfall.

16 days ago

The few stairs at the beginning are brutal but within a blink of an eye you are at the waterfall. The waterfall was beautiful and so was the view.

hiking
20 days ago

This was a great little NYE hike for us! The path (a walk up stairs, you can't really call it a hike) is very short, and while not ada accessible, easy enough to get to the bridge for the falls. We left the path to the left of the falls with our 8, 6, 5 year old and 3 adults to scrabble to the top of the falls-- that was the fun part! We left the 4 year old and 9 month old (not easily back-packable) at the bridge with adults, as it was hand climbing, narrow ledges, and slippery rock. The view was beautiful and the kids enjoyed the challenge, too! It started snowing as we got to the top, which was a holiday blessing! In summer, we'd have tried to hike the fall higher from that point, but it was too cold to get that wet today. I'd guesstimate it's about 1.5 miles in total (.2 each way to the bridge and back, and .5 each way to the top of the falls and back) if you take the full length. On the way down it was easier as we followed the waterfall. On the way up we took the trail a bit away from the falls and it was more challenging. I'd say moderate to difficult hike, unless you stop at the bridge, in which case it's an easy walk. We'll definitely do it again!

1 month ago

2 months ago

Lots of stairs, but beautiful scenery.

2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall!
Not much of a hike, short. Very steep stairs going up.

2 months ago

Great short hike! We climbed up the left side of the falls past the bridge and found a steep challenging trail that takes you up to the mountain top where we discovered more falls beyond what was visible from the bridge.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Glad we went. Short .4 trail starting with lots of stairs but easier as you go. Small but nice viewing area.

3 months ago

Only .42 miles up and back. Wrong on App, it is not 1.2 miles. Well worth trip to falls! Nice trail with a lot of stairs and would consider easy if you just take your time on the stairs! Beautiful drive on Blue Ridge Parkway to trail from Maggie Valley. Porta Johns at trail head. Glad we went!

4 months ago

Very very short! You have to go up quite a few stairs (the incline isn't very steep) to get to the falls and the entire walk to the falls itself is really only about 10 minutes from the parking lot. I wish it was little bit longer but other than that, the falls are very beautiful! Since there's not much water coming off the falls, you can also play around the base!

4 months ago

4 months ago

Stairway to an amazing waterfall and bridge

4 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Short but absolutely gorgeous!

hiking
5 months ago

This was a short walk with several stairs at the beginning. It is around .2 miles to get to the waterfall viewing area, and the waterfall is one of the highest I've seen in this region. My son and I ventured up the waterfall line for a few yards, but watch out for slippery rocks. The waterfall view was definitely worth the short hike.

hiking
5 months ago

You need to know there are lots of stairs if that's something you aren't willing to do. It was a beautiful area and worth every step!

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5 months ago

5 months ago