Ballantyne Area: Residents work to save prehistoric Big Rock

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Big Rock rises from a wooded swath of southern Mecklenburg, time-weathered and tall, out of place in shiny Ballantyne. Full Story
E Cooper

Monroe, NC

#1 Aug 21, 2007
We visited the area for the first time. It is the largest rock formation I've personally seen in Charlotte and deserves to be preserved. I hope the city will eventually clean up the spray paintings, especially those that look similar to that of gangs.
e s roberts

Albemarle, NC

#2 Jun 17, 2008
the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronisms used to go out there twice a year and clean up the site, but one of the local neighborhoods complained and then only the bad people had access to the site. If someone wants to allow them to park in their neighborhood (as I understand that's the only way to get to them)and go to the site, contact the group leader, Kevin Taylor at
Cyrus Beggelowe

Lexington, SC

#3 Dec 27, 2009
I have hiked to this place many times and find it to be interesting. It has the potential to be preserved as a natural area but must be owed by a conservatory group. If it remains in private hands it will be developed and disappear under the crushing blades of 10 ton bulldozer blades and hauled in fill dirt never to be seen again by human eyes. To the private developer the power of the dollar outweighs the natural beauty that needs to be preserved.

United States

#5 Dec 16, 2012
I grew up near the "Big Rock" and it was well know back then by the areas oldest residence. Its safe to say its been a major attraction for 10000 years, although now less than ever. Its was amazing to me as a kid to pick up the numerous pottery shards and rock chippings after our then long (1\2 mile) hike in. The charcoals and soot was thick in the tops of the carved ovens and you knew you were observing hundreds or thousand year old remains of ancient citizens. Even as a kid I realized it. Its an amazing place. Btw, its now again open to the public, no parking other than roadside but there's signs in place allowing it. The grafitti has been cleaned up and the rock looks as good as I've seen it in 30 years. J

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