Tripod Rock – Boonton Township, New Jersey - Atlas Obscura

Tripod Rock

Boonton Township, New Jersey

This massive boulder is either a unique rock formation created by glacial melt or a magic energy vortex. 


New Jersey’s Tripod Rock is a glacial erratic, meaning it is a stone that differs in size and formation from the other rocks in the area and the way it is perched on a “tripod” of three much smaller rocks has earned the geological oddity its fair share of supernatural stories.

According to science, the massive 160-ton boulder was left perched upon the three small rocks by the receding Wisconsin glacier. However according to pseudo-science the rock (sometimes called New Jersey’s Stonehenge) may have in fact been levitated into place by Native American magic back when the area had a strong tribal population. While levitation may not have factored into the stone’s placement it does have a unique orientation that would have allowed the formation to be used as a sort of primitive sundial. The rock is now a popular hiking destination and if the internet is to be believed, a powerful energy nexus as well.  

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