A unique collection of farm buildings make up the Mountain Farm Museum. You can explore the barn, springhouse, and even a working blacksmith shop among other buildings. Half of a mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center is the Minug Mill, built in the 1800's. The mill uses a turbine powered by water to power the machinery in the buliding.
Two excellent walking trails start from the vicinity. The Oconaluftee River Trail follows its namesake stream for 1.5 miles to Cherokee. Mingus Creek Trail climbs past old farms to the Smokies high country. The easy, 1.5 mile Oconaluftee River Trail begins near the entrance to the museum. It is stroller-accessible and follows the river to Cherokee, N.C.
LIfe isn't like it used to be- but it is at the Mountain Farm museum. Just inside the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, the museum showcases what life was like in yesteryear--- a life where there was no MTV, facebook or blackberry's. It is a fascinating look at life in another era and a great way to pas an afternoon for all ages. My daughter loved going in the barn and finding "REAL" chickens and eggs! I'm not sure she realized that eggs didn't come from a carton before this experience ! And seeing the mill and finding out where grain came from and how it was ground was the highlight of her trip- a fantastic learning experience for all ages and just a great and fun way to spend an afternoon- I highly recommend the mountain farm museum & mingus mill.