Tanasee Bald

Tanasee Bald
Tanasee Bald October 2016.jpg
Tanasee Bald viewed from the Blue Ridge Parkway
Highest point
Elevation5,561 ft (1,695 m)
Coordinates35°17′30″N 82°55′03″W / 35.29177°N 82.91763°W / 35.29177; -82.91763Coordinates: 35°17′30″N 82°55′03″W / 35.29177°N 82.91763°W / 35.29177; -82.91763
LocationHaywood / Transylvania counties, North Carolina, U.S.
Parent rangeGreat Balsam Mountains
Blue Ridge Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Sam Knob
Easiest routeHike[1]

Tanasee Bald, also called Tennessee Bald, is a mountain near the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina, on the Haywood/Transylvania border.[2] It is 5561 feet high. It is in the Great Balsam Mountains within the Blue Ridge Mountains, which is part of the Appalachian Mountains

Tanasee Bald is the southern limit of breeding of the northern saw-whet owl, which is from the boreal forests of Canada.[3]

Myth of Jutaculla[edit]

Cherokee folklore is that Jutaculla (alternative English spelling is Judaculla; Cherokee name is Tsul'kălû'), a slant-eyed giant, lives on top of the bald.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina - Bonas Defeat Gorge/Balsam Area". Retrieved 2007-07-12.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tanasee Bald
  3. ^ "WildWNC.org : Nature Notes : Saw Whet Owls". Archived from the original on 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2007-07-12.
  4. ^ Ellison, George; Mooney, James E. (1992). James Mooney's history, myths, and sacred formulas of the Cherokees: containing the full texts of Myths of the Cherokee (1900) and The sacred formulas of the Cherokees (1891) as published by the Bureau of American Ethnology: with a new biographical introduction, James Mooney and the eastern Cherokees. Asheville, NC: Bright Mountain Books (Historical Images). ISBN 0-914875-19-1. p 479