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“Rock Mysterious” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Judaculla Rock

Judaculla Rock
Caney Fork Rd, Cullowhee, NC
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Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Cullowhee
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Owner description: Mysterious hieroglyphics, supposedly carved by Indians, adorn this large boulder.
Sylva, North Carolina
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“Rock Mysterious”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This unusual rock is in the Caney Fork area between Sylva, NC and Cashiers, NC and only a few miles from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. A small two-lane country road leads to the rock's site. There is no parking lot but the walkway is new and excellent. Only a couple of signs give a history but the petroglyphs apparently remain a mystery.

For people interested in Cherokee history and culture this would be an interesting trip through some nice mountain meadows.

Viewing the rock from the walkway is encouraged but walking up to the rock and touching it is discouraged.

Visited July 2012
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Cedar Mountain, NC
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Would like to know what all those hyroglyphics mean. Lots of food for thought. This is out in the middle of nowhere and was being upgraded when we were there. It must be even better now.

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North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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“Great historical artifact in a beautiful setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

Easy access with descriptive signage and a great observation platform. It's too bad the rock has eroded as much as it has.

Visited April 2012
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Cherokee, North Carolina, United States
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“cherokee legend you can see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

It was just okay last year but improvements were underway and may be finished now. They should tell the legend of Judaculla the giant. It is amazing. I'd probably rate it higher now. Not much for really young kids, but it takes your breath away when you see it and imagine how it came to be

Visited June 2011
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Andrews, North Carolina
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“Commonality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2007

I've looked at petroglyphs in Northern Georgia and NC, including Judaculla Rock and there seems to be enough similarities to suggest the same group of people may have done them. Having said that, there are only so many ways to depict a water dog, turtle, or spear.

After taking an astronomy class, I was struck at the possibilities of some of the connecting lines at Judaculla Rock could perhaps align with stars and constellations, but haven't had the opportunity to return to JR after taking that class.

Another thing that struck me as being odd, is that these carvings are possibly three times older than the pyramids in Egypt, yet their existence is seldom mentioned in the academic world.

Very interesting phenom!

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