Judaculla Rock, Cullowhee

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Judaculla Rock is a curvilinear-shaped outcrop of soapstone with quarry scars and petroglyphs. It is located on a 0.85-acre rectangular-shaped property, owned by Jackson County, approximately 60 meters east of Caney Fork Creek, a major branch of the northwestward-trending Tuckasegee River, in the mountains of western North Carolina.The petroglyph boulder occurs within an artificially created bowl-shaped depression. Today this is covered with mowed grass (it was previously cultivated as a corn field) and bordered on the west by a thicket of river cane (Arundinaria gigantea). Slightly upslope and east of the boulder are a few smaller outcroppings of soapstone bedrock, at least two of which show definite scars left by quarrying for soapstone bowl manufacture.DescriptionThe surface of the westward-slanting main boulder with petroglyphs, which measures roughly 22m2; it includes scars left by soapstone bowl extraction. Three depressions show stem extraction and three more are hollow scallops. Numerous petroglyph designs have been pecked and incised into the surface. The densely packed motifs, especially those along the upper two-thirds of the boulder, often makes it difficult to distinguish between the carvings. A minimum count of the patterns revelas the following: 1,458 cup marks, 47 curvilinear units, ten bowl-shaped depressions, ten stick-like figures, nine rills, three concentric rings designs, three curvilinear motifs, three deer tracks, two claw-like imprints, one arc, one cross-in-circle, and one winged shape.
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  • The site is not toooo far out of Cullowhee. A short easy walk downhill to a viewing area, with a number of interpretive signs in Cherokee and English. There is nothing else in the area and the rock is...  more »
  • I was informed of this rock a couple of years ago and had been wanting to see it. This rock is something unique going back in time to before our nation's establishment. Thankfully, the farmer that own...  more »
  • A amazing piece of anthropology in the middle of nowhere, actually a quarter of a mile from our home. The large soapstone rock is getting weathered so the carvings are becoming difficult to see. Not f...  more »