Mingo Falls Trail

MODERATE 52 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 best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
124 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

107 steps to a beautiful waterfall.

19 days ago

20 days ago

Love this hike. It's a bunch of stairs, a flat path and an amazing waterfall.

For a real treat, go past the bridge and up the path on the left. Strenuous, but there's another small falls up there!

25 days ago

It's all steps, but the work is worth the reward! Beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

would call this one easy. Its just climbing a staircase up to the waterfall. Did it with my 5 year old in tow. Nice quick little hike to see a really nice waterfall.

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4 months 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
4 months 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!

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6 months ago

Lots of stairs, but beautiful scenery.

6 months ago

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

6 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
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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