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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  • My husband & I visited here in Sept while on a trip to Jackson County, NC. We passed the sign daily on our trips from our B&B and decided to check it out. Very nice walking paths, interesting reading ...  more »
  • As another reviewer has stated, this site isn't far from Cullowhee and Sylva. I was there on a rainy wet day, but the site was still awesome to see. Getting to the site is pretty easy with Garmin, as ...  more »
  • NOTE: as of July 2017 the vandalism has been removed from Judaculah Rock that some of the previous reviewers spoke of. Archaeologists have removed the modern vandalism done to the rock. If you are in ...  more »

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