Here in Murphy, NC the story goes that once a young Cherokee Indian brave was out hunting with his dog and a flash flood came upon them and separated them. Later, when the young brave went back looking for his dog he came upon him high up in a tree, safely hanging on up in the branches. So this area was then called Hanging Dog
Cherokee County, NC has roads, communities, bike trails, campgrounds and many other locations named after Hanging Dog.
Many of the communities, lakes and rivers are named after Cherokee Indian names. see what the word Nantahala means HERE
If you're planning on visiting the Murphy, NC area we'd be happy to show you around all the Cherokee, Clay and the surrounding counties have to offer you. Contact Lee & Carol Barbour at www.LeeAndCarol.com