I've noticed a number of my ancestors from Campbell County, Tennessee lived in an area called "Stinking Creek." Not a very appealing name in an area in the Cumberland Mountains that is incredibly beautiful. I was curious as to how it earned this name; the Campbell County GenWeb page says that during a particularly cold winter in 1789-80, much of the wildlife in the area then called Sugar Creek, perished in the cold. Their remains laid there until spring when the snow and ice melted, and -- you get the picture. The Native Americans in the area began calling it Stinking Creek and the name remains -- without the stink.
If you're traveling on I-75 in northern Tennessee, you'll find Stinking Creek off of exit 144. Don't let the name put you off.