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Wayah Bald is the name of a mountain in Macon County. Its namesake derives from a Cherokee legend centered on Coneheetah and his grandson Wayah. The legend goes: Coneheetah sat atop Wayah Bald and listened to the stars, which informed him of an enemy that would arrive from the north and challenge the Cherokee nation. He also told Wayah to return to his village and become the greatest Cherokee leader and be prepared for this enemy. Wayah returned to the mountain top many times where he continued to seek Coneheetah's advice until he became an old man when he too joined Coneheetah in the stars.