|Hike Destination: The High Rock|
Once on top of the mountain, a four-wheeler trail led through the woods and up to the magnificent rock -- the High Rock. It slowly comes into view as you start to crest the forested hill just to the south of the rock. The northeastern side of the rock was covered with lichen while the southwestern side was clean -- except for holes bored into the stone. One was a perfect circle, the other looked more haphazard.
I had heard that Native Americans had cut a turkey foot into the stone, so Jack, my hiking partner, and I searched as much of the large stone as possible. It reaches 30 to 40 feet into the air -- and appears to have been some sort of spiritual or special site. Suddenly, about 12 feet up on the southern side of the rock, I spotted a cross. Does it represent the four directions -- North, South, East and West? It is difficult to say -- and we have no way of dating this petroglyph.
According to the Cherokee, who lived in this part of North Carolina, each of the four main directions corresponds to a color, and each color is a symbol. For instance, East, triumph, red; North, defeat, blue; West, death, black; and South, peace, white.
|Notice the cross carved in the stone. The work of Native Americans?|
|Another view of the cross carved on High Rock.|
About five feet to the right of the cross was what appears to be the turkey foot. It is extremely difficult to make out and was almost impossible to photograph, but the cuts in the stone appear to be a turkey foot. The Cherokee apparently considered the turkey as very sacred.
|Two holes on the southwestern side of the rock.|
|View of High Rock from the southwest|