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We live in the heart of the original Cherokee nation. During the infamous Trail of Tears, many of the Cherokee hid out in our mountains to avoid the forced march and today that group’s ancestors live on the Qualla Boundary – the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation reservation. Because of that heritage, many legends and names live on today (including Cheoah, the Cherokee word for Otter and the official name of our own Cheesewhiz the Siberian).
One of the legends is of a fierce, slant eyed giant called Judaculla. Judaculla lived in the Richland Balsams (one of our favorite hiking areas) but held court in a cave in a nearby mountain. Thus, that mountain’s official name is Whiteside Mountain, but it is more commonly called Devil’s Courthouse (which is actually the name of just the rock outcropping – not the whole mountain). Today’s pictures all come from a day at The Devil.
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