Nolichucky River Tales
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HeyYall

Kinston, NC

#1 Jan 13, 2011
Any old tales/myths about the river? Anything underwater or strange out there?
Real Deal

Redmond, WA

#2 Jan 13, 2011
The Native Americans named the river. Roughly translated Nolichuckey means " place of death". So many people have drowned there I don't even know if there is even a count. The currents are unpredictable and it is probably the most dangerous place in this area. I am sure plenty of people have been murdered and thrown in the river.I would not want to know what or who is at the bottom.Im sure you could find out more at a local library or talking to old people who live near the river. It is interesting and a good topic.
conclusion

United States

#3 Jan 13, 2011
I've heard several stories from older men talk about the size of fish at the dam. They said when they redone the old bridge a crew member went down and swore he saw a fish with eyes big as a volkswagons headlights. But then again we know how gossip is.lol
Legend

Hendersonville, TN

#4 Jan 13, 2011
Legend

Hendersonville, TN

#5 Jan 13, 2011
eyeball

Albemarle, NC

#6 Jan 13, 2011
Grandfather had a large fish on a trout line below the dam.the fish pulled the boat back and forth across the river several times. He never landed what ever he had broke the trout line.
charles kinser jr

Clarksville, TN

#7 Jan 14, 2011
Real Deal wrote:
The Native Americans named the river. Roughly translated Nolichuckey means " place of death". So many people have drowned there I don't even know if there is even a count. The currents are unpredictable and it is probably the most dangerous place in this area. I am sure plenty of people have been murdered and thrown in the river.I would not want to know what or who is at the bottom.Im sure you could find out more at a local library or talking to old people who live near the river. It is interesting and a good topic.
nolichuckey=cherokee translation "nona chun nee" which means rushing waters.check your facts.
who Dat

United States

#8 Jan 14, 2011
Love the river I wade it and float it all the time..lots of fun.
meme

Hendersonville, TN

#9 Jan 14, 2011
charles kinser jr wrote:
<quoted text>nolichuckey=cherokee translation "nona chun nee" which means rushing waters.check your facts.
No you need to check your facts. http://www2.tricities.com/sports/2009/jul/30/...
HeyYall

Kinston, NC

#10 Jan 14, 2011
I'm wanting to get out on the river and find some crazy stuff or just to see what there might be.
interesting topic

Nashville, TN

#11 Jan 14, 2011
I hope people will continue to add to it.

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/417...

Nolichucky River, river rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, U.S., and flowing northwest into Tennessee, then west to join the French Broad River after a course of 150 miles (241 km). A dam on the Nolichucky just south of Greeneville, Tenn., impounds Davy Crockett Lake, named for the frontiersman, who was born (1786) on the river near Limestone. John Sevier, first governor of Tennessee, lived on the riverbank (1783–90) and was nicknamed “Nolichucky Jack.” The river was named for a Cherokee village, and the word probably means “spruce tree place.”
Head Hunter

Fort Campbell, TN

#12 Jan 14, 2011
I used to look for arrow heads from Erwin to Bybee.Anyway I read several books about the Southeastern Woodland Tribes wich lived in pretty big settlements(a couple were here in Greene county). Don't remember the name of the book but the name "Nolichucky" comes from the native american word Nola-Tsu-gu-ya.I can't remember exactly what it means but it wasn't anything sinister.Seems like it was something like "good river for travel and great for fishing many different species".However,the folklore is very interesting.
interesting topic

Nashville, TN

#13 Jan 14, 2011
http://www.mindspring.com/~lpb3/Nolichucky.ht...

The Nolichucky River winds through the mountains of North Carolina just north of Asheville heading west toward the town of Erwin, TN. The name Nolichucky "Rushing Waters" was given by the Cherokee Indian based upon the conditions on this rugged section of the river.
pinkbabi

Morristown, TN

#14 Jan 14, 2011
Legend wrote:
http://thelongestlistofthelong eststuffatthelongestdomainname atlonglast.com/haunted124.html
The story of Nolichucky River.

The Nolichucky River was believed to be a living breathing ribbon of water by the Cherokee Indians and was considered sacred. The Cherokee believed that spirits lived in the depths of the river along with frightening monsters that would rise from the water and consume an entire hunting party.

Today the legend is still very strong among the locals at least the part about the river being a haunted place. Even with all the terrible currents, unexpected holes, and deadly undertows many still desire to take their life in their own hands and swim in the Nolichucky River. Many people die every year and it is believed that the people that are killed by the river arise and walk the shores.

One of the stories is about a fisherman during the 1980’s that waded in a bit too deep and drowned close by the point where the Nolichucky River meets the French Broad River. After he drowned, many have seen the ghost of a man rise from the water and walk across to the bank. After the ghost reached the shore, he would disappear and reappear in the middle of the river again. The ghostly man is described as a man carrying a fishing rod and creel surrounded in a misty white light.

The Devil’s Looking Glass is another haunted place along the Nolichucky River. This rock is a sheer rock wall that rises hundred of feet over the river. One legend is that of an Indian woman that jumped off the cliff after losing her husband in battle. The legend states that her ghost haunts the base of the cliff.

About halfway up the Devil’s Looking Glass is suppose to be cave. Legend explains that a terrible demon lives in the cave waiting for a canoe to pass under so he can jump onboard.
who Dat

United States

#15 Jan 14, 2011
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pinkbabi wrote:
<quoted text>
The story of Nolichucky River.
The Nolichucky River was believed to be a living breathing ribbon of water by the Cherokee Indians and was considered sacred. The Cherokee believed that spirits lived in the depths of the river along with frightening monsters that would rise from the water and consume an entire hunting party.
Today the legend is still very strong among the locals at least the part about the river being a haunted place. Even with all the terrible currents, unexpected holes, and deadly undertows many still desire to take their life in their own hands and swim in the Nolichucky River. Many people die every year and it is believed that the people that are killed by the river arise and walk the shores.
One of the stories is about a fisherman during the 1980’s that waded in a bit too deep and drowned close by the point where the Nolichucky River meets the French Broad River. After he drowned, many have seen the ghost of a man rise from the water and walk across to the bank. After the ghost reached the shore, he would disappear and reappear in the middle of the river again. The ghostly man is described as a man carrying a fishing rod and creel surrounded in a misty white light.
The Devil’s Looking Glass is another haunted place along the Nolichucky River. This rock is a sheer rock wall that rises hundred of feet over the river. One legend is that of an Indian woman that jumped off the cliff after losing her husband in battle. The legend states that her ghost haunts the base of the cliff.
About halfway up the Devil’s Looking Glass is suppose to be cave. Legend explains that a terrible demon lives in the cave waiting for a canoe to pass under so he can jump onboard.


well I've floated by the devils looking glass many times no worries..lol
Real Deal

Redmond, WA

#16 Jan 14, 2011
According to Chenotewahs Weblog,the name Nolichuckey comes from a distortion of the name of a very old Cherokee settlement near present Jonesborough(".No natlugr yi ") was the name of the Cherokee settlement. I heard the "place of death" myth many years ago and it sounded pretty cool and accurate. We both stand corrected. It is a fascinating,beautiful, and dangerous river. I really enjoy being wrong regarding the myths and legends of this wondrous place.( No natlugr yi) means spruce tree place.
laffingravy

Johnson City, TN

#17 Mar 5, 2011
I have visited the Devil's Looking Glass in both day and night time. It sure gets spooky after dark! I've floated from one bank to the other and believe it to be a bit on the side of wanting to kill me. So many undertows and shifting sand bottoms. The river is not for the faint at heart. Many years ago, I was fishing late at night with some friends there, and we heard a terrible crash from the road above us, no more than a few yards from where we were. We went all up and down the road looking for some evidence of a car wreck, but found no evidence. Lo and behold, several days later I read in the newspaper of a car going off the road and the driver being drowned in the river. The place is spooky!
gravewalker

Kingsport, TN

#18 Jun 28, 2014
There was a very old Cherokee settlement, No’natlugv’yi ["spruce tree place"], about where Jonesborough, Tennessee, now stands. A few miles to the south is the Nolichucky River. The river’s name comes from a distortion of the settlement name. The community of Chucky and the stream Little Chuck(e)y Creek, in the same general area, take their names from a shortening of Nolichucky. This came from Chenocetah's Weblog Cherokee Place Names

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#19 Jun 29, 2014
Very interesting thread...

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#20 Jun 29, 2014
The name nolichuckey comes from a Cherokee phrase that means "rushing waters" it is a phrase from a sentence in Cherokee as like in a explanation and not so much as a name. Tsalagis hiwonisgi

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