If you’re trying to decide whether or not ringing rocks are something you should see in your lifetime, you’ve come to the right place. If you’ve curiously ended up here wondering what the heck ringing rocks are, then wonder no more!
Ringing rocks or sonorous rocks are rare and can be found in only a few locations around the world including Pennsylvania, Montana, England, Scotland, and Australia to name some. What makes these rocks so special is that when you hit them with something strong enough, you guessed it, they ring like a bell. The interesting thing about them is that the reason behind the sound has not been confirmed, but it’s most likely that they have a higher than usual amount of iron in them. It’s not only the sound that makes them unique, but how these boulder fields formed. It’s also semi-questionable, from theories of volcanoes to thawing out after the ice age.
Thankfully, I happen to live closest to Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County, Pennsylvania (about an hour from Philadelphia) to check these bad boys out myself and see if they really are a must-see attraction. As if the ringing rocks weren’t enticing enough, Ringing Rocks County Park is also home to the largest waterfall in Bucks County, High Falls.
Upon arrival you’ll find yourself in a parking lot about a 5 minute walk away from rock heaven. Once through the very short trail the first stop is Boulder Field, where you’re free to climb about very large rocks in search of the perfect pitch. Not every rock will resonate though, so you’ll have to do some moving around. Make sure to bring your hammer!
After about 10 minutes of banging on rocks, I kind of got the gist of it and moved on to the waterfall. Another short walk down the trail to High Falls, where I saw my first ever waterfall. Unfortunately, what I did not know is that it’s seasonal and turned out to be more of an open spigot than a waterfall at all.
In all, it’s worth checking out if you’re travel is no more than an hour or so out. Anything further and you might find the destination to be a bit disappointing. It’s great for children around 5 and up, there were many there, but none too small as the boulders are very large and they can slip through them. Also, make sure you see the waterfall during peak season. I went in August, so you’re most likely going to see a true waterfall around the spring when there’s lots of rainfall and it’s not so hot.
Check out my first hand experience at Ringing Rocks County Park and see why I rate this attraction a 5/10.