Everyone in Hillscheid knows the Indian Rock, but where does the name come from?
It was named after the Hillscheid stone sculptor Rudi Christmann, who carved an Indian head into a basalt column in 1944.
This sculpture was later destroyed during demolition work. The Westerwald is part of the Rhenish Slate Mountains, which consist of sedimentary rocks such as clay slates, siltstones, sandstones, quartzites and greywackes that were deposited here in a sea during the Devonian period (416 to 160 million years ago). Through consolidation and intensive folding, the Rhenish Slate Mountains were formed. After a long period of geological quiescence, volcanism awoke in the Westerwald during the Tertiary period. A typical volcanic rock of the Westerwald is basalt, and the Hillscheider Indian Rock is also made of this rock. The geotope is located in the Hillscheid forest on hiking trail HG 6 above the Hillscheid Roman fort. Coming from Hillscheid, HG 6 is also an access route past the Thiels Hut to Köppel. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)