My goal on this trip to 'the Smokies' was to drive to the eastern side of national park and photograph a waterfall I had yet to visit. I got more than I bargained for when the park ranger suggested Mingo Falls. She didn't really mention anything other than the hike up to the falls involved a whole lot of stair climbing. I figured I could handle that and off I went to find the waterfall. Mingo Falls, as it turns out is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Appalachian Mountains. The waterfall is actually located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina, just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It boasts a stunning 120 foot vertical drop and is quite impressive.