Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited #nationalpark in the park system but you may find yourself feeling perfectly alone.
Well maintained trails create drastic views from foggy forest trees to panoramics of the Appalachian Mountains. This shot was taken on the Appalachian Trail, a trail that takes you across the US from Georgia to Maine. Mingo Falls located are over 120 feet high and are rated one of the most impressive falls in Western North Carolina. The climb is steep with approximately 170 steps that take you about 2/10ths of a mile up, then a short easy trail provides access to the falls. This hike was spectacular. I originally hiked to the observation deck to see the falls, but due to spring foliage it was partially blocked. So I did the only normal thing to do, attempt to hike off trail to a closer more open spot, a big mistake... To the left of the observation deck was a LARGE bolder/hill, approx 150 feet high. Seeing an existing undeveloped trail I grabbed my gear, approx 50 LBS, and began hiking, following another intrepid hiker by about 150 feet behind him. After climbing almost vertically and around this boulder for 30 minutes I was done. Near the top of the boulder I could not walk much more, so I started walking horizontally, and luckily found a path around to the base of the falls, this photo was taken there. Worth it? Yes. Would I do it again? No! After grabbing the photos I wanted I noticed a small path I didn't see from the observation deck... If you get off the deck and climb a small ledge you can get to where I was in minutes and with less effort. These falls may have been some of the prettiest I've ever seen. The gorge it's in is full of colour, and the falls over the jagged rocks is almost perfect. If you are in the area, or not please take the time to see these and also take the time to enjoy them. Climbing down too the falls ran into the photography teacher at the local college. He told me it was not worth the climb the light was terrible. Classic example of people not knowing what they are talking about. Built in the late 1800's and this beauty is still a working grist mill. For a video guide of this popular destination inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, please visit: A Winter evening vista off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Cherokee, North Carolina. Water diverted to the mill from the river. Mill! After you cross over the little wooden bridge go away from the mill to the left and you will find this lovely bridge which is also the just don't notice how pretty it is until you see it from this side. This is an old wheat mill, built 1886, and now preserved by the National Park Service. The walk from the parking lot to the mill is super easy. I would also recommend walking up the easy trail to see how the water is diverted to the mill. An interesting engineering feat that is worth the pleasant walk. Mingo Falls, just outside Cherokee. Here you can see the engineering to bring the water to the mill via a canal. Unseen on the right side of the path is a beautiful river with Rapids. The best hash browns I have ever eaten in my life! The Savannah Skillet at the new restaurant at Harrah's Casino. Paula Deen's Kitchen is part of a new $630 million dollar expansion. Lovely big waterfall. Moderate difficulty - It's pretty straight up, but the steps are evenly placed. It surprised me..wasn't expecting it to be so big! I hike this trail to three times during the summer and always bring family members that come to visit to this waterfall at the Catawba Falls #Green Sunny day! Part of the elk herd at dusk.
GSMNP. Interesting water irrigation system. Mingus Mill, Cherokee NC.
10.23.2016 Another good venue to see a concert. The bridge where you view the falls. NC While in Cherokee, NC I visited Mingo Falls. It is about a 15 minute drive from the Casino. I put Mingo Falls into Google Maps and it took me to a parking lot. I thought it took me to the wrong spot until I spotted the steps going up. It's a bit of a walk up but then flattens out a bit at the top. I love waterfalls so thought it was very worth the trip. The elk come out in the fields around the National Park Visitor Center in late October. The rangers won't let you get too close (for your own safety) but you can still get some good shots. Beautiful views...would be great in the fall. The view opposite the falls. That's where the good old smokin' used to happen Bird feeders reaching for the sky ... The path from the top of the stairs to the bridge where you view the waterfall.
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Free self parking
Free WiFi
Outdoor pool


Situated in Cherokee, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cherokee Fun Park, Cherokee Mountainside Theatre, and Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Cherokee Welcome Center and Smokey Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Property Features

This motel features an outdoor pool, coffee/tea in a common area, and a picnic area. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided.

Room Amenities

All 59 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers, plus free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include free long-distance calls, free local calls, and hair dryers.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Cherokee Lodge features an outdoor pool, a picnic area, and coffee/tea in a common area. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access. Complimentary self parking is available on site.

Cherokee Lodge has designated areas for smoking.

  • Front desk (limited hours) 
  • Picnic area 
  • Total number of rooms - 59 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Free self parking 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Designated smoking areas 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Refrigerator  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Access via exterior corridors 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free long-distance calls 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Television 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Cable TV service 
  • Free WiFi 

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the motel include an outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Fishing on site 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at 9 PM

Minimum check-in age is 21

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 9 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
No rollaway/extra beds available
No cribs (infant beds) available
Only service animals are allowed
No elevators

Hotel Name

  • Cherokee Lodge
  • Cherokee Lodge Hotel

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