Balanced Rock

Corkle

Hershey, United States

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This was taken at Trough Creek State Park near Lake Raystown, PA. At the park, you can take a hike up to this boulder. This boulder is called Balanced Rock because it sits high above the creek, but it is balanced on the side of the rock face. It does not lay flat at the top, it actually sits on a 45 degree angle at the top of the cliff hanging over the valley. The portion you see in this photo is only about half…if that..of this boulder. It is quite amazing to see and looks like it could fall down into the creek below at any moment. Many people that visit this rock write messages and/or their names and dates on the rock.

A bit of history about Balanced Rock: The hike in Trough Creek State Park takes you to a geologic wonder named Balanced Rock. Balanced Rock appears to be perched on the edge of a
cliff, ready to fall off at any moment into Great Trough Creek far below. This “erosion remnant” has hung here for thousands of years. Once part of a higher cliff, the hard rock of Balanced Rock was sitting on a layer of soft rock. The soft rock on the cliff face eroded first, easing Balanced Rock into its angled perch hanging over the valley. Eventually the soft rock around Balanced Rock eroded away, leaving the rock balanced on the edge of the cliff.

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