Mingus Mill and Newton Bald Trail is a 10.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cherokee, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
I just took the trail the short distance to, and a little past, Mingus Mill. It is great for families and just down the road from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. I would like to complete the hike to Newton Bald on a return visit.
Did an 2.5 out and back trail run here, planned to go the whole route, but came across a bear so, I turned back. Fun trail, but lots of large rocks making up the trail's path so, it was really hard to open up and run fast. But, I had a great time with this one. Certainly plan to hit it up again next time I'm in the area. Also, Cherokee is a great little town to see!