Some theorize the Balanced Rock is manmade, but geologists say glaciers, not ancient man, are responsible for the unlikely feature. (Jeff Edwards/Patch)
HUDSON VALLEY, NY — Predating machinery that could place the iconic “Balanced Rock” on its unlikely pedestal, the roadside attraction that existed long before the road has inspired comparisons to the mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Giza. However, in this case, Mother Nature seems to be behind the impossible feat.
The Balanced Rock doesn’t belong here.
In fact, the granite boulder is made from a type of granite indigenous to New Hampshire, not typically found in the Hudson Valley at all. Geologists refer to the rolling stone from New England as an “erratic,” believed to have been transported to what is now North Salem during the last ice age. When the glaciers receded several millenia ago, the alien rock was left balanced nearly 4 feet above the ground.
While science offers the most plausible explanation for the impossible sculpture in the round, there are also a few more fantastical theories about the Hudson Valley landmark as well. It has been suggested that the erratic may have been brought to our region as a Celtic memorial stone or “dolmen.”
Still others have reported strange phenomena near the mysterious deposit. Tales of haywire compass readings, ghostly encounters and even a direct connection to UFO sightings have only added to the mystique of the rock star in Northern Westchester County.
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The good news is that you don’t need to “do your own research” on the internet. Visiting the uniquely New York natural monument to see for yourself is easy and free.