Nurhak takes its name from Nurhak Mountain, which rises to the height of 3090 meters and is built on the outskirts of the mountain. The ruins belonging to the historical Silk Road can still be seen in the district. Nurhak has survived under Hittite, Kommegene, Perler, Roman, Macedonian, Byzantine, Muslim Arab, Seljuk, Ilhanli, Eretna, Dulkadiroğlu and Ottoman rule, but especially the Turkish invasions that started in the 11th century. Then in 1085 Sultan Suleyman was conquered by Buldacı on the orders of the Shah. In 1097, Nurhak was captured by the Crusaders. Having changed hands several times until 1105, Nurhak was been in control of the Seljuks until 1105. The Nurhak region became part of the Ottoman Empire after being under the rule of the Dulkadir for 180 years. During the Ottoman period, Nurhak continued under the administrative authority of the Province of Maraş, due to the total destruction of Elbistan. In 1990, Nurhak became a district. Nurhak is in the north of the Southeast Anatolian Region. Kahramanmaraş is north-east of the city center. Sivas is in the north of the province, Malatya in the east, Gaziantep and Adiyaman in the south. The local terrain is quite rugged. The terrestrial climate shows transitional characteristics. Although the weather is dry and the winters are very hard, pine forests grow on the outskirts of Nurhak Mountain.

 Population in 2015: 12,504