Ringing Rocks

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
Luke 19: 37 - 40

This sleepy and secluded little county park in PA houses the biggest mystery we’ve encountered yet: rocks that embody the Scripture above because they ring like bells when struck with a hammer.

A local Jeep enthusiast turned us on to this park, and as it was a short drive from our campground we headed over.  It’s a county park, and there is no hammer rental stand, no snack shop, no traditionalist-inspired placards telling of geological ages, and no fancy restroom.

Instead, a short walk from the small wooded parking lot is a large field of boulders ranging in size from a loaf of bread to a Volkswagon.  While it would be fun enough to just take on the effort of walking across the boulder field, the other awesome oddity about these rocks is that when you strike some of them with a hammer they make a metallic ringing sound.  Others sound like, well, a rock hit with a hammer.

The best part about the Ringing Rocks (besides the lack of marketing and commercialization of the park) is that Science is unable to fully explain how the boulders got here (they are comprised of the same material as the earth’s crust but there is no mountain or volcano around), why the boulder field continues to be devoid of vegetation and wildlife (although we were being buzzed by some bugs that were pretty stinky when killed), and why they ring when struck.

To learn more about the rocks just Google “Ringing Rocks” - people have been mystified by them since the late 1800’s.

Ringing the rocks in PA

Ringing the rocks in PA

Ringing the rocks in PA

Ringing the rocks in PA

1 Comment Ringing Rocks

  1. Picture of Paula Paula October 20, 2010

    Wow! I didn’t know this was a phenomenon somewhere. My son and I discovered a “ringing rock” in our backyard a couple weeks ago while out searching for “cool rocks.” I’ll have to share this with him and look into it a bit more. Thanks for sharing!

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