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Mingo Falls

A haven for hikers, Mingo Falls situated near Big Cove road features a hiking trail that spans approximately half a mile around the waterfall that soars nearly 120 feet (36.57 meters) in height. The sound of gushing waters and mist created by the falls is a mesmerizing site that is sure to soothe your eyes and calm your mind. This is a lovely tourist attraction and is nestled within lush green surroundings. Considered to be one of the tallest waterfalls in Southern Appalachians, this spot is a must-visit during your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Mingus Mill

Built in the late 1800s, this well preserved mill at Great Smoky Mountains National Park allows visitors to study a slice of life lived centuries ago. The mill worked on a water turbine that powered its machinery. The old mill and the breathtaking greens that surround it make it a must see.

Mountain Farm Museum

Built in the 19th Century, the buildings that make up the Mountain Farm Museum are fascinating to explore. Visitors to the museum can wander around a Southern Appalachian log cabin, witness a working blacksmith shop, and stroll through a beautiful old barn. As the museum is located inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, park rangers are almost always around to answer questions visitors may have, and a visitors center sits right next door.

Oconaluftee Island Park

This picturesque island on the Oconlauftee River features tall trees, bamboo alcoves, and many quiet areas for relaxation. It is an ideal spot to spend with family - whether you choose to frolic around in the cool waters of the river, enjoy some time trout fishing, or simply unwind with a book in one of the island's wooded nooks.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Founded in 1948, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian preserves pieces of the tribe's history and exhibits the fine art that is unique to the tribe. Apart from the exhibitions, the museum is also involved in outreach programs that seek to renew an interest in tribal traditions including dance and basket weaving. Visitors can partake in these activities, explore exhibits, and purchase beautiful handmade crafts in the museum store.

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Travel back in time to an historic Native American village during your trip to Oconaluftee Indian Village. The life-size village dotted with rustic houses, traditional artisans and ritual sites should be explored to learn in-detail about the traditions and lifestyle of indegeneous tribe that centuries ago called Cherokee their home. The tour is led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will have a answer ready for all your questions pertaining the tour.

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