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The 2 Best Waterfalls in Cherokee, North Carolina

The 2 Best Waterfalls in Cherokee, North Carolina
Written by Eddie White

If you are on a trip to Cherokee NC and you want to have a beautiful sight then don’t miss the 2 best waterfalls in Cherokee NC.

Waterfalls are one of nature’s most enchanting features, both visually and aurally.

Two of North Carolina’s most breathtaking waterfalls can be seen in Cherokee.

Each of these waterfalls is easily accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway’s southernmost point.

Include a trip to these breathtaking waterfalls as part of your exciting Cherokee vacation.

Below are the 2 best waterfalls in Cherokee Nc with photos.

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Where is Cherokee NC?

Before we look at the 2 best waterfalls in Cherokee NC let us know where Cherokee NC is located.

Located in the Qualla Boundary land trust between Swain and Jackson counties in Western North Carolina, USA, Cherokee is a census-designated place (CDP).

Located in the valley of the Oconaluftee River, near the junction of U.S. Routes 19 and 441, is the city of Cherokee.

There were 2,138 residents in the CDP as of the 2010 census.

There are three federally recognized Cherokee tribes, but only the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians resides in North Carolina, making its capital at Cherokee.

Since a major entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located inside the city limits, it also acts as a destination for tourists.

The city is home to many hotels, motels, and campgrounds.

The Blue Ridge Parkway ends in Cherokee, North Carolina.

Major water sports take place on the Oconaluftee River, and the Oconaluftee Indian Village (a living-history museum) is home to the acclaimed outdoor drama Unto These Hills.

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A Fall in Mingo

At the base of the falls, a refreshing mist hangs in the air.

As one of the tallest waterfalls in the southern Appalachians, Mingo Falls (shown above) may be found on the Qualla Boundary, the territory of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Its drop is more than 120 feet. As the water cascades over the mossy rocks and into the creek below, it creates a relaxing picture and sound.

If you want to see a waterfall but don’t feel like hiking far, this cascade is your best bet.

From the Cherokee downtown shopping district of Saunooke Village, head north on Big Cove Road to the Mingo Falls parking lot (it is about five miles away).

Less than half a mile separates the car park from the overlook of the falls.

Although the Mingo Falls Trail is not particularly long, the 161 steps leading up to the waterfall make it a challenging hike.

The trail to Mingo Falls isn’t the easiest because of the stairs, but it’s still doable for most people.

But keep in mind that the ascent may be more challenging for the elderly, families with young children, or anyone with a physical limitation.

There is a bench at the top of the stairs and a handrail to help people who may tire along the way.

It’s worth the effort to visit Mingo Falls for yourself.

At the top of the stairs, after you’ve had a moment to catch your breath, there is a short walkway that will take you to a bridge that will take you immediately in front of the falls.

Stay on the bridge for as long as you like and take in the scenery.

You’ll want to take lots of pictures, so don’t forget your favorite camera.

It is highly recommended that visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park include visits to both Cherokee and Mingo Falls in their travel itineraries.

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 Soco Falls

More remote than nearby Mingo Falls is this picturesque waterfall.

Are twin waterfalls something you’re familiar with? If you’re interested, you should check out Soco Falls, a stunning twin waterfall in Cherokee.

As you travel west on US 19 from Cherokee into Maggie Valley, keep an eye out for the small sign that indicates the location of the waterfall.

The gravel pull-off on the side of US 19 serves as the Soco Falls parking area.

The waterfall can be heard from the road. The guard rail will be broken just before the start of the walk to the waterfalls.

The trek ends at a magnificent lookout point above Soco Falls.

There is a dangerously steep route leading down to the falls.

The trails leading up to Soco Falls can be treacherous due to the presence of mud and rocks.

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