Metolius Balancing Rocks
From onlyinyourstate.com by Jackie Ann
The Metolius Balancing Rocks Are Perched On A Mountain Overlooking A Beautiful Oregon Lake
When it comes to outdoor adventure, nothing compares to Oregon. We have countless natural areas, campgrounds, and hiking trails that are ideal for an outdoor adventure. There’s one incredible attraction tucked away that’s perfect for anyone looking to get out and do some exploring without taking up too much of your day. In the end, you’ll be treated to one of the most spectacular views the Beaver State has to offer.
Let’s check it out.
To find these them, you’ll need head over to the Perry South Campground in the Cove Palisades State Park. There’s a parking lot about 14 miles west of the Deschutes River arm bridge, and the rocks are just inside the Deschutes National Forest.
These rock formations were kept a secret for ages to keep out vandals and to preserve this rare phenomenon.
However, a wildfire a few years ago exposed the rocks and it has since become a unique attraction for those looking to check out some of the “off the beaten path” natural spots in Oregon.
The trail to find the rocks is less than a mile long, so you can easily knock this adventure out before lunchtime. While these Stonehenge-like rocks may appear to be man-made, they’re actually the remains of Oregon’s volcanic activity millions of years ago.
The rock spires were created by a volcanic eruption, and the rocks that balance on top of the spires were created by other volcanic eruptions. Offering a phenomenal view of the Metolius River, you’ll quickly fall in love with this spot.
On a clear day, you could see for miles, and you’ll have a fabulous view of Mount Jefferson in the background.