Mingus Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
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