U.S. National Parks, USA Travel

Mingo Falls | Exploring North Carolina

I am not shy when it comes to road tripping, and exploring on my own within reason of course. While I was visiting the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, I decided to head into the Cherokee Indian Reservation, and explore Mingo Falls. Also known as Big Bear Falls by the Cherokees, heading to this beautiful waterfall was a magnificent short visit. I do recommend it for those who can do the short hike.

Mingo Falls

It is not far from the town of Cherokee, approximately six miles, which is at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I had arrived early in the morning from my hotel in Cherokee, and I only saw one other person on the trail, which was nice. I enjoy quietness while I am in natural surroundings such as this.

Mingo Falls was extraordinary from the flights of stairs heading into the forest, up to the 120 foot waterfall at the end of the trail. I enjoyed its peaceful energy, the meditative surroundings, and the sound of just me and the waterfall.

This way to Mingo Falls.

The hike to Mingo Falls was stunning and only .4 miles, it is considered a moderate hike. The trailhead is Pigeon Creek Trail, which starts off as stairs leading into the forest. Then into a gradual climb on a dirt path with the sound of running water beside you. Be sure to wear non-slip shoes because there are slippery and muddy areas along the hike.

Mingo Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the southern Appalachians at 120 feet tall. It was marvelous, especially the remoteness and relaxing atmosphere. Although secluded, I felt very safe as a solo female traveler. In fact, the other person I saw on the trail was another solo female traveler. Mingo Falls is worth the visit, especially if you can find yourself alone with the waterfall.

For location information, please visit – Mingo Falls


Photo Journal

A river runs through it

Small country road by Mingo Falls

Cabins in the woods.

Local homesteads at Mingo Falls.


What is life but one grand adventure…

Yours Truly at Mingo Falls

🌎 Thank you for visiting my website and NEVER STOP EXPLORING!

📸 All photos are taken by me and are my intellectual property – Trixie Navarre

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