If you are looking for a unique experience, Ringing Rocks Park, located in Upper Black Eddy right above the Delaware River, is the place for you!
I have heard of this peculiar phenomenon where you are supposed to bring a hammer because the rocks reveal an amazing tinkling sound when struck with this tool. Well, it’s TRUE!
Coming from Fallsington, it took us about an hour to get there. What was part of the awesomeness of this trip was the actual drive there. It was all back roads, one of which went through the sweet town of Pipersville, Pennsylvania. We passed the Pipersville Library on the way, which we found out was once a one room chapel after construction in 1886, before becoming the library. Lots of beautiful history and open space was sighted along the way.
After parking at the destination, there was a short, flat hike that led to the beautiful boulder field. It was only the distance of about a couple hundred yards before we ran into the rocks! The rocks in this space are igneous (volcanic) rocks which are abundant in iron concentration. The field covers approximately seven acres of land and is about ten feet deep with massive boulders. The ringing of the rocks has something to do with the weathering of the rocks. It is believed that these rocks have been there for two hundred million years. To think we were standing on a true piece of geological history was absolutely amazing!
We decided on our way back from hanging out on the boulders and clanging away with various tools such as hammers and wrenches, to make another stop. About five minutes away from the boulder field is High Falls, a serene, gorgeous waterfall, the largest in Bucks County. Some of the water was still frozen from the cold morning. What a cool spot to relax, meditate, pack a lunch, and listen to the sounds of nature. Nearby we saw a couple hawks and heard the sounds of a woodpecker at work on a bare tree.
There is no fee to visit this beautiful park. Whether you bring your parents, young kids, your dog, or yourself, I highly recommend you check this place out. What a treat that you do not have to travel too far to find this hidden gem in the beautiful county of Bucks!