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Beards Fork Petroglyphs

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Petroglyphs at Beards Fork, WV

At Beards Fork, WV, in western Fayette County, the Beards Fork Petroglyphs represent various wild animals and other markings. The carvings are located in a shelf of sandstone beneath an overhang along the lefthand fork of Beards Fork of Loop Creek. Most likely this rock art was made by Native American or their ancestors. The petroglyph site is sometimes also called the "Lettered Rocks" or "Chisled Rocks." The site is located only a few miles from the Ancient Walls, at Mount Carbon, WV. This proximity has led some writers to speculate about a connection between the two sites. Some have suggested the lettered rocks acted as a "signpost" to indicate directions to the Mount Carbon site or provide information about the walls found there. Such theories are based on guesswork rather than scientific evidence. In the early 1900s, the Dempsey Indian Mound was discovered at a location only about three air-miles distant. The Robson Mound is located on in a loop of level land on Loop Creek below the mouth of Beard's Fork.

Map: Beards Fork Petroglyph

NOTE: If you choose to visit this or any other petroglyph in West Virginia, officials at the W.Va. Division of Culture & History request that you please refrain from touching the rock. Oils in human skin can cause the rock to more quickly erode.