Some people believe that the name comes from a bloody battle between the Cherokee and Creek Indians, long before white man settled in the area. Another belief is that it is derived from the color of the lichen and rhododendron growing on the summit. The ascent ( 1,330 ft. in just under 2 miles ) is generally steep and rocky, but only moderately strenuous. Upon reaching the rocky summit, you will be rewarded by a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. There is a stone cabin at the summit, which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's as an Appalachian Trail shelter and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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