A large water-powered mill for grinding corn can be seen in operation one-half mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitors Center in Cherokee on US 441. The grounds are open daily.
Built in 1886, this historic grist mill uses a water-powered turbine instead of a water wheel to power all of the machinery in the building.
A miller is on site to demonstrate the grinding of corn into cornmeal, which is available for purchase. Miller's hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily mid-March through mid-November. Also, open Thanksgiving weekend.
You might spot some elk nearby in the fields on US 441 just north of the turn to the mill and near the visitor center. Mid-late afternoons are the best times to see elk.