Friday, June 5, 2015

Mingus Mill, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mingus Mill located on the far eastern side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in North Carolina is still an operating mill to this day. In the late 1790's, the metal turbine was considered a modern marvel compared to the old wooden waterwheels used up to date in the milling industry. The Mingus Family opened the mill in the 1790's and later built this structure for a mere $600. At that time the mill was surrounded by fields and crops.

Today, surrounded by the national park itself, the Mingus Mill is quaintly nestled in a grove of trees a short walk off the entrance on a winding path which crosses over a narrow creek called Mingus Creek. When you begin your walk back to the mill, the trail is actually the Mingus Creek Trail head with the mill itself about one tenth of a mile in. This trail is also part of the Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail which stretches 1,000 miles beginning at Clingman's Dome and ending at Jockey's Ridge at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. At this point on the path, this is when the mill begins to divert the water from the creek itself to the mill. I have photographed this site once before and decided to stop by during my recent visit to the park and attempt a new perspective to include the building. Hope you have great plans for the weekend. ENJOY!

Linking to Barn Collective


  1. It looks beautiful there in that park with the mill. I wonder how many people have hiked that 1000 mile trail and how long it would take. I'm way behind in my visits so scrolled through the last posts. You have taken some beautiful photos of wildlife lately. Enjoy the weekend.

  2. Hi Carol, I'd like to invite you to link some of your wonderful barn photos at
    Tom The Backroads Traveller

    1. Thanks for linking this wonderful mill, it's very special. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  3. How I love that old weathered wood!

  4. Beautiful ... how I love the weathered look and the old architecture of the mill. - Kathleen -

  5. great capture of a beautiful mill.

  6. Wonderful photo of this great structure!