Judaculla Rock, Cullowhee

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Judaculla Rock is the name of an archeological site that features a curvilinear-shaped outcrop of soapstone known for its ancient carvings and petroglyphs. It is located on a 0.85-acre rectangular-shaped property, now owned by Jackson County. It is 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 ancient quarrying for soapstone bowl manufacture. This is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • This was a beautiful fall day with the leaves near their peak. The day was pleasant and I got to indulge my interest in history and culture. Several other people also took the opportunity to visit... 
    This was a beautiful fall day with the leaves near their peak. The day was pleasant and I got to indulge my interest in history and culture. Several other people also took the opportunity to visit...  more »
  • The place was easy to find and the caretakers have done an amazing job to showcase the rock and make it user friendly. The family who has preserved this awesome archeological find has done us all a... 
    The place was easy to find and the caretakers have done an amazing job to showcase the rock and make it user friendly. The family who has preserved this awesome archeological find has done us all a...  more »
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  • An amazing stop! So thankful that the people who own the land have opened for others to enjoy. It is well marked from rte 107, but after that it could be missed. Google map and save the map...cell service sucks out there.
  • An amazing piece of history! I had heard most of the marking were barely visible but they're easily seen! Worth exploring!

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