Ringing Rocks County Park, Upper Black Eddy

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Ringing rocks are rocks that have the property of resonating like a bell when struck, such as the Musical Stones of Skiddaw in the English Lake District as well as the stones in Ringing Rocks Park, in Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County, Pennsylvania United States, the Ringing Rocks of Kiandra, near Cooma, NSW and also the Bell Rock Range of Western Australia. Ringing rocks are also known as sonorous rocks or lithophonic rocks, as used in idiophonic musical instruments called lithophones.
Ringing Rocks County Park
Ringing Rocks County Park is a Bucks County park in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania at. Originally, the land was acquired by the Penn family from the Lenape (Delaware Nation) through the infamous 1737 Walking Purchase. It is not clear who made the original land warrant for the area now covered by the Ringing Rocks County Park. On the 1850 property map of Bucks County, the owner appears to be Tunis Lippincott; however, there is no warrantee listing under that name. The earliest published description of the Bridgeton boulder field is found in Davis 1876. The seven-acre boulder field was purchased in 1895 by Abel B. Haring, president of the Union National Bank in Frenchtown, NJ. Apparently Haring wished to protect the ringing rocks from development, and even refused an offer from a manufacturer of Belgian blocks for the right to quarry the stones. (Humphreys 1905, Sigafoos 1935). On August 22, 1918, the land which contains the Bridgeton boulder field was donated by Haring to the Bucks County Historical Society. The grant included 7 acres 8.08 perches of land. A right-of-way was granted by John O. McEntee for access to the park (Fackenthal 1919). Later the land was transferred to Bucks County and operated as a county park. Additional land acquisitions have increased the size of the park to 128 acres.
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  • Totally worth the trip. Make sure you bring a hammer. People of all ages will love this place. Make sure you also take the path to the waterfall. No cost at this place for some good nature fun.  more »
  • Just stopped by since it has good reviews and it was interesting for sure. We also checked out the waterfall and it is more impressive than we expected. The ringing rocks are unique and worth a...  more »
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  • What a very cool place to visit! The walking trails are cool in themselves. If you have asthma, don't for get your inhaler because some of the trails are pretty steep. Definitely wear good solid sneakers or hiking boots. There is easy level access to the boulder field if you take the loop trail on either the right or the left but if you go further there are inclines/declines. If you venture into the boulder field, take your time, it's an adventure and would be very easy to get your foot stuck or twist and ankle. It was fun imagining how it must have been hundreds of years ago when some just happened upon this in the woods. It was even more fun trying to play a tune with a hammer and a few different boulders. This was a great quirky stop on our road trip back from Pittsburgh to Massachusetts. It would be a fun educational trip with kids. Do a little research on your own about how the big old bells were made because that's what these rocks sound like. PS...don't forget to bring a hammer!!!
  • What neat treasure! I had never heard of the park, but my husband found it online and it was on the scenic way to get to our vacation destination. We enjoyed hiking the trails to the boulder field to play music with the different tonal rocks with our hammers. We also hiked to the beautiful waterfall below the boulder field.

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