Photograph Mingo Falls

North Carolina Mingo Falls Trailhead

Added by Joshua Contois

Climb up a series of steep stairs to this exceptional 120-ft waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Mingo Falls is on the Cherokee Indian Reserve (Qualla Boundary), close to the Smokies park entrance. Head up on Pigeon Creek Trail, which culminates in a set of fairly steep steps leading up the falls. You will find a viewing area at the base of this 120-foot waterfall.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



0.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

100 Feet




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6 months ago

Not much of a hike, but awesome falls!

The waterfall is pretty awesome and if you visit in the winter you'll get to experience it frozen which was pretty cool! It is a really short hike so it can be crowded and isn't a day activity because of the short distance.

6 months ago

7 months ago


Mingo falls is an impressive waterfall, and accessible by a short hike up some stairs! Locals mentioned a rugged trail to left of the falls that allows you to get to the top of it. The rocks are slippery!

7 months ago

Added by Joshua Contois

Park Ranger currently working for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Restless by nature, Josh has traveled across the American west in search of new adventures. When not out exploring new trails or sleeping under the stars, you can find him in your local brewery.

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