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Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains!

Stories From The Smokies highlights interesting, out-of-the-ordinary aspects of life in the North Carolina mountains. We offer insider tips on things to do, places to go, and ways to make your Bryson City visit all the more memorable. In short, each post suggests one more way to Have a Big Vacation in a Small Town.

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Soco Falls – Two Falls, Too Beautiful

Soco Falls – Two Falls, Too Beautiful

Soco Falls is a spectacular double waterfall on the Cherokee Indian Reservation just off US-19 between Cherokee and Maggie Valley. The falls are about 10 miles east of Cherokee and 5.5 mile west of Maggie Valley Maggie Valley. If you’re driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, exit at Soco Gap (Milepost 455.7) and go about 1.5 miles west on US-19 toward Cherokee.

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Seven Things You May Not Know About Mingus Mill

Seven Things You May Not Know About Mingus Mill

Just north of Cherokee NC in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park sits a historic grist mill, Mingus Mill. Nestled on the banks of Mingus Creek, this beautiful mill still stands at its original location since 1886. Mingus Mill served the surrounding communities for...

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