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Mingo Falls // North Carolina

Saturday, September 27, 2014


When you're in western North Carolina, if you can take a second to tear your eyes away from the mountains, there's a lot of other things to do. While climbing mountains and trying to see every amazing view that the state has to offer could take an entire lifetime, I only had a week. So, after spending 3 days solely climbing mountains, we changed our plans and decided to chase waterfalls. Mingo Falls to be exact. 


While the waterfalls themselves are gorgeous, I thought the stairs up to them were arguably just as amazing. They literally were like a stairway to heaven. And after climbing Grandfather Mountain the day before, climbing stairs instead of huge rocks and the uneven mountain side was like walking on clouds.



The only word to describe the climb to Mingo Falls is waldeinsamkeit. Waldeinsamkeit is a German word that means the feeling of being in the woods. There's really no other word to describe the beauty and peace that comes with walking in the woods. Also, it was a cool morning in the summer. Pretty stairs, gorgeous surroundings, great weather, and waterfalls at the end of the hike? Life doesn't get much better.


I'm one of those people that sometimes likes the journey more than the actual destination, but Mingo Falls did not disappoint. The hike was about a mile long, so 15 minutes and 200 pictures later, we reached the waterfalls just in time to see the sun rise.


Mingo Falls was one of the least crowded destinations on the entire trip, so we took some time to explore. All of the pictures taken in this blog post are actually taken from off the trail. I kind of sort of wandered off the trail and climbed some slippery rocks to get a closer view of the waterfall. My mom kept saying that I was going to fall in, but I somehow managed to keep my balance (even though I have no coordination or balance whatsoever) and got cool pictures instead. Mingo Falls- 0 Katherine-1.


Autumn is the season that has my heart, but I still dream about summertime at these falls. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, but nature is so beautiful. I think I left a piece of my heart in western North Carolina, and I'm completely okay with that.

Life is waking up an hour early to live an hour more, and exploring Mingo Falls was definitely worth losing that hour of sleep.


Are you a mountain or a waterfall person?
Where's the last place you explored?
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  1. Beautiful! Two summers ago my mom dad and I took trips each weekend to different falls around NJ. So many beautiful pictures!
    Haha and I love climbing on the slippery rocks!

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  2. Gorgeous scenery! I love mountains and waterfalls. {But I don't go chasin' the latter... getit? :) :)}

    -Amy

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  3. Such beauty! Nature is so amazing :)

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  4. Sounds like a fun mother daughter hike! I'm with you- focus on the journey, not the destination, although I'm definitely a waterfall person because it's nice to cool off after a big hike. :)

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