Judaculla Rock, Cullowhee

#5 of 7 in Nature in Jackson County
Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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.
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  • 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 »
  • I am surprised at the terrible reviews. This is not a state park or museum. It is a large rock with writing that even the Cherokee people think of as ancient. Don’t plan to spend the day. Take a bit.....  more »
  • 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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