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Review of Judaculla Rock

Judaculla Rock
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Cullowhee
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Owner description: Mysterious hieroglyphics, supposedly carved by Indians, adorn this large boulder.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

If you like the unusual roadside attractions, this 3+ mile jaunt off Caney Fork Road in Cullowhee NC is worth the drive...interesting petroglyphs...

1  Thank Michele P
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Judaculla Rock, one of western North Carolina’s oldest and most mystifying landmarks, is found only a few miles south of Cullowhee. Forty-eight feet in circumference, this soapstone boulder is covered with about 150 glyphs – circles, lines, crosses, and human and animal shapes. These “messages of a vanished race” are thought to have been carved more than a thousand year ago. According to Cherokee legend, however, the markings are actually the result of a slant-eyed giant named Tsul’ Kalu’, who made an 8-mile leap from the top of Balsam Mountain and landed near this boulder in Caney Creek valley, scratching the rock with his seven-fingered hand as he did so.

The site benefits from a recent “face lift,” with new signage and an observation deck added.

Thank D2958ZXgarym
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Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

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 materials posted. Took about 15-20 minutes to see. I wouldn’t plan a trip just to see this rock but it was a quick & easy side trip.

Thank Btrout51
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

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 it gets you close and the street signs confirm the location for you. A raised walkway goes around the rock and allows you to see the details of the stone carvings. I was a little surprised to see the rock is uncovered, and I hope that the county/state/Park Service can come up with some dollars to shelter the rock. Be sure to check out some of the stories behind the rock as Judaculla was an interesting legend in Cherokee lore.

Thank LowDragAL
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

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 the Cherokee, NC vicinity this is worth the short drive to see. It is a one acre site donated to Jackson County, NC. There is an active family farm surrounding the site. If you have an appreciation for history and Cherokee culture you will enjoy seeing this artifact. I will attach some photos to show that the modern vandalism has been removed.

5  Thank commerce30529
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