mingus millA trip to our Cherokee cabin rental would not be complete without a trip to one of the famous historic North Carolina mills. There just happens to be one just 3 miles from our Cherokee NC Cabin Rental. Just one-half mile north of the Oconaluftee visitor center, Mingus Mill is an original Mill first constructed in the 1790's.

The mill then went through a tranformation that makes it quite a bit different from most of the mills of its time. Instead of using a water wheel for power, this mill began operating from a water powered turbine instead. For 50 years the mill ground corn into meal and wheat into flour for the residents surronding Mingus Creek. The mill operated for commerce up until the 1930's when the National Park Service purchased it from the Mingus family, who had been running it since its beginning. It was commercially run as a "made to order" mill, but today is run primarily as a corn mill. You can even purchase corn meal made fresh at their gift shop located on site.

The mill crosses Mingus Creek by way of a wooden bridge, so you get to spend some time walking through the beginning of the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The mill actually sits on its original site, which is rare for historic mills in the United States. There is also a 4 1/2 mile hiking trail that runs along Mingus Creek to an old cemetary. It is a moderate hiking trail that features an elevation change of 748 feet. The Oconaluftee River trail is an easier walking trail that covers about 1 1/2 miles and has a much slighter elevation change.

Mingus Mill is open 7 days a week from 9:00 to 5:00 from Mid-March through Mid-November, including Thanksgiving Day Weekend. While staying at Cherokee Cabin, this attraction should be one of your first stops as you enter the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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