Aug 29, 2021

Mingo Falls, Cherokee NC


I have a deep love for waterfalls. Fortunately, I live in an area that has tons and tons of them! One of my favorite things to do is set out on a Saturday or Sunday morning on an adventure with a hike with a fantastic waterfall payoff in the end!

This time I chose Mingo Falls in Cherokee, NC. It is located inside the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. Don't know what that is? Here is an excerpt from

The Qualla Boundary – The Original Home of the Cherokee

The Qualla Boundary is the home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Cherokee people do not live on a reservation, which is land given to a native American tribe by the federal government. Instead, in the 1800’s, the tribal members purchased 57,000 acres of property. This land, called the Qualla Boundary, is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and kept in trust by the federal government. Qualla Boundary encompasses untouched mountains, rivers, and forests and is located next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 I have an ongoing "Waterfalls Bucketlist" and seeing Mingo Falls felt great to check off the list. The falls are about 1.5 hours from our house which made a perfect little road trip. We grabbed hot coffee, a light breakfast and enjoyed the scenery. It's not difficult to get to. In fact, the trailhead is very near a popular KOA campground that we have stayed at before. 

The hike to the falls is short with the bulk of it being a long flight of stairs. The trail is well maintained and the falls are very easy to get to. 

I just shot these photos with my iphone so, trust me, it does not do the natural beauty justice!


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