The Transylvania Times -

By Park Baker
Staff Writer 

Native Americans Used Trees As Special Markers - Brevard NC


Last updated 6/10/2016 at 2:27pm

This tree on the Mountains to Sea Trail just north of Skinny Dip Falls appears to have been "bent." While this tree is not officially in the Mountain Stewards database, many people visit this tree in particular. (Times photo by Park Baker)

Imagine navigating the vast expanse of mountain forests as a Native American 400 years ago. Foot trails were not the well-traveled and blazed paths they are now and there were no National Geographic maps. The people who roamed the hills looking for food, however, were particularly in tune with nature and their means of navigation reflect that. In western North Carolina, the Cherokee used trees as markers to denote a clean water source, shelter or perhaps a place of spiritual significance. The red and white oaks were a favorite because their fiber structure had the right resiliency neces...

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