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Cherokee

Hiking

Mingo Falls. A five-minute hike from the Mingo Falls Campground will reward you with a view of the beautiful 120-foot-high Mingo Falls. Mingo Falls is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary), just outside the park. Big Cove Rd., about 4 mi north of Acquoni Rd., Cherokee, NC, 28719. 800/438-1601 Cherokee Welcome Center. www.visitcherokeenc.com.

Oconaluftee Islands Park & Trail. In the downtown area you can cross the Oconaluftee River on a footbridge to Oconaluftee Islands Park & Trail and walk a trail around the perimeter of the Island Park, which also has picnic facilities. In warm weather, you can wade and swim in the river. Off U.S. 441, across from Cherokee Elementary School, Cherokee, NC, 28719. 800/438-1601. www.visitcherokeenc.com.

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