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While most park planners try to avoid boulders and large rocks, at the Columcille Megalith Park they are the main attraction.
Based on the Scottish isle of Iona and its ancient Celtic stones, the park has been arranged with rings, rows, and structures made of huge standing rocks. Park founder Bill Cohea visited Iona later in life and was transformed by the gorgeous, ancient setting, feeling that it held a peaceful, possibly healing quality. Upon returning to the States, he decided to recreate that aura by erecting stones of his own. Beginning with a six-sided stone chapel, the park’s founders began constructing the landscapes in 1978. The park now features over 90 stone settings with such epic names as Thor’s Gate and Glen of the Temple. The operators of the park claim that the stones hold some sort of healing power although if this is true, the rocks are keeping that fact to themselves.
Know Before You Go
The park is open dawn to dusk. There is no official entry fee, but a recommended donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children, which you put into the drop box in cash as you enter. There is ample free parking.