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Nantahala Lakein Clay and Macon Counties on the headwaters of Nantahala River. Dam completed in 1942. Area 1,605 acres; max. depth 225 ft.; shoreline 30 mi. Owned by Nantahala Power and Light Company and used for the generation of electricity. Nantahala is an Indian word meaning "sun in the middle" and was applied to the gorge through which the river runs.
Nantahala Mountain Rangelies between the Great Smoky Mountains on the N and the Blue Ridge on the s. It extends about 50 mi. across Macon County from the junction of Nantahala and Little Tennessee Rivers in Swain County to Tallulah Falls, Ga.
Nantahala National Forestin portions of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Swain, and Transylvania Counties, was est. in 1911 and includes 531,286 acres. Nature trails, mountain climbing, picnicking, and other recreational uses. See also Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.
Nantahala Riverrises in SW Macon County and flows NW to the Clay-Macon county line, which it forms for a part of its course; it then flows into Graham County, where it enters Little Tennessee River. See also Camp Branch Falls.
Nantahala TownshipNW Macon County.
Nantahala TownshipS Swain County.
Naomi FallsSee Randleman.
Naplescommunity in N Henderson County. Alt. 2,080. A cooperative school and hospital are maintained there by Seventh-Day Adventists. Named 1901 when a post office was est. there because Mud Creek in the valley below often flooded, reminding a local resident of the Bay of Naples.
Narassacommunity in NE Brunswick County. Produces lumber and fertilizers.
NarhantesSee Nahunta Swamp.

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