Over the weekend, I have had some house guests visiting from England. Last time I was in England, they gave quite the tour and I had a really great time... so the pressure was on! After doing some searching for things to do in my area, I came across Ringing Rocks State Park in Upper Black Eddy, PA. This is only about 10 minutes from my home, but I had never been there, so we decided to check it out.
Basically, it is a large (128 acre) park with various nature trails and picnic areas, but there is one unique feature... a field of large boulders that occupy a clearing towards the top of the mountain. It looks kind of unnatural, but there is apparenly some natural reason that these rocks are located there as there are places where the rocks are piled some fourteen feet deep. As you climb through the field and over these large boulders, you will see people banging away at them with hammers because about one third of them ring like a bell when struck. It really is amazing - I was very doubtful until I actually experienced it. Some of them have a gong like quality. I can' t explain it, but this site has a lot of insightful information.
If you are ever in Eastern PA or Western NJ, go check it out... and don't forget to bring your hammer!