Families come and count the stairs it takes to get to majestic Mingo Falls [6523 Big Cove Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719].
It is a short and well maintained, very popular, just .8 RT out and back following the creek.
It does have a bit of elevation, some roots, and rocks.
The slender falls drop 120’ – silver and glittering in the sunshine.
View from the bridge, or if you have sure footing get a closer look on the slippery rocks.
The trailhead is located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, just 10 minutes from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Get there early if you want to avoid the crowds!