Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mingo Falls



(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.)

Mingo Falls tumbles nearly 200 feet over a ledge near Cherokee, North Carolina. The waterfall is often included in the waterfalls of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but it is technically in the Qualla tract of the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

The waterfall is reached by a fairly short hike from a parking area nearby. We visited the falls during a drought several years ago -- I would really like to go back when the water flow is greater.

28 comments:

Mildred said...

What a pretty place to photograph!

Fred Alton said...

We visited this fall several years ago and (if I remember correctly) there was much water coming over it at the time. It's still a beautiful shot showing good camera work on your part, George.

Sandra said...

love the name, Mingo. i like all the names of your falls. my CB handle when i used to have one in my truck was Cherokee Rose...

Small City Scenes said...

It is a pretty falls the way it is but I bet a full torrent would be exciting to see. MB

Sunny said...

I really like the height of the falls. I imagine it's even more amazing when the water if more plentiful.
☼ Sunny

KathyA said...

Really beautiful. Is this an active reservation?

Lily Riani said...

cherokee... i always hear this name, so this is how the place looks like. reminded me of waterfalls in malaysia.
i bet its a nice hike

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a beautiful area...and so rich in history too.

Randi said...

I can imagine you had a wonderful hike. The waterfall looks really impessing! This must be a perfect place to shoot.

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Pat - Arkansas said...

That's a beautiful waterfall, even when there was not much water to fall. It probably is amazing in full spate.

teri said...

Hey there George- It almost looks like the waterfall is holding its breath before taking the leap down to the bottom. What a beauty. :-)

Kay said...

That's a pretty one.

imac said...

This would be good enlarged and framed George.

Ginny said...

This is impressive! I enlarged it and what struck mw is that steep cliff of rock that the water is going down over.

EG Wow said...

Even during a drought the falls is a pretty one!

A Lady's Life said...

What an interesting place . So this is Cherokee country. Wow! So interesting.We come from Iroquois country and now we are with the Haida.

rainfield61 said...

A waterfall only looks great when the flow is great.

Leovi said...

Beautiful and amazing photo, very pretty.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Amazing shot !
There is something so unique and serene about a waterfall, and oh, they make me smile ;)
Jo

Carletta said...

It's lovely but imagine more water would make it that much more lovely.
I expected an Indian connection when I saw Mingo. Years ago at 4-H camp we were divided into 'tribes' around the campfire. I was in the Mingo group. :)

Indrani said...

It is like long white threads down the mountain slope. Great capture.

Ben said...

I think we saw that waterfall - right at dusk. If that's the one, you basically walk up a long stairway and a path to get to it. I liked the paths the water takes.

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

...and there is not a snowflake in sight!!! My kind of post George!!!

Brit Gal Sarah said...

That really is a beautiful drop and thanks for the late night giggle at your comment!

Kirigalpoththa said...

That is quite a tall waterfall! Thanks for uploading.

Life Ramblings said...

the waterfall is so impressive. love it.

Ryan said...

I can just imagine these raging falls in full flow.

LC said...

It has been many years since I have seen this Mingo Falls although we go to the Smokies nearly every year. Thanks for the reminder of an acquaintance i would like to renew.