Native American Pictograph Hike at Paint Rock
April 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy as we explore one of North Carolina’s oldest and most striking Native American pictographs at Paint Rock. Red and yellow rectilinear shapes known as pictographs adorn the textured, cubical cliff face of Paint Rock (near Hot Springs, NC). These symbols were created by indigenous peoples nearly 5,000 years ago. Our hike will begin with an educational session led by U.S. Forest Service Archaeologist and Director of the NC Rock Art Project Scott Ashcraft, who will help us to understand the significance of these glyphs. The lesson will cover the story of the Paint Rock pictograph, the general history of the area around NC-TN border, and the importance of conservation and preservation. After a brief Q&A session with Mr. Ashcraft the hike will commence to the top of Paint Rock. From the summit participants will be rewarded with sweeping vistas of the French Broad River and surrounding areas including SAHC’s 111 acre conservation easement directly across the river from the pictograph itself.