To a giant, Table Rock could be exactly what its name suggests — a 3,124'-high table made of granite. To eat at this table, the giant would need a seat — Stool Mountain at 2,600' served this purpose.
This is how the Cherokee saw the memorable landscape before you. Their beliefs, shaped by their environment, featured an enormous spirit who loomed over this mountain range, his shadow forming the bluish haze. Sha-ka-na-ga, meaning "Great Blue Hills of God," was the name given this place.
Settlers, influenced by the story of the gigantic chieftain dining here, preserved the legend when naming the landmarks.