[Fig. 32(17)] In Cherokee legend Tusquitee refers to the place "where the water dogs laughed." This area, now a part of the Nantahala National Forest in Clay County, has one of the most scenic lakes in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) system. The 130 miles of shoreline around Lake Chatuge is magnificently framed by the nearby Tusquitee Mountains and "the Great Blue Hills of God," as the Cherokee called the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Chatuge Dam is 144 feet high, and the lake supports water sports and recreation. The fishing is good with more than 32 species in the lake. Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area is situated on a pine-wooded peninsula with hiking trails that offer pleasing views of Lake Chatuge. It isn't just the abundant salamanders who find reason for mirth in this popular family recreation area. Clay County Recreation Park is also popular with families.
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