Mingus Creek Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

Elevation Gain3,237ft
Trailhead Elevation2,079ft
Elevation Min/Max2076/5053ft
Elevation Start/End2079/2079ft

Mingus Creek Trail

Mingus Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 5.7 miles long and begins at 2,079 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,237 feet. The Slave Cemetery (elevation 2,080 feet) cemetery is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Newton Bald Trail and Deep Low Gap Trail.

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"Don’t worry about all the people you see in the trailhead parking lot. They’re here to see Mingus Mill, a restored late nineteenth-century gristmill. You’ll have the hike to yourself. You can explore the mill before you hike or, since it is so close to the parking area, save it for another day when you have more time. The mill still operates using the originally installed water-powered mechanism. Hours may vary, but generally, the mill opens daily in summer and on weekends in spring and fall. This hike is a good day hike for campers staying at Smokemont Campground. Arrange for a shuttle to the trailhead, make the hike, and walk back to the campground in time for dinner."

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