Tucked away in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a beautiful and mystical place called Columcille Megalith Park. It’s rather unknown even to locals but is truly a wonderful treasure. If you’re up for exploring the outdoors while immersing yourself in a mystical landscape and setting, Columcille is for you!
I reached Columcille Megalith Park by taking route 611 off I-80 near Stroudsburg (right near the Delaware Water Gap for those in NJ/NY). From route 611, I then took route 191. Be on the lookout for Fox Gap Road next! Quaker Plains Road comes up about a half mile later and this is where I found the Megalith Park. There’s a dirt/stone parking area alongside a fence. From there, you can begin your adventure!
Columcille is an outdoor “sanctuary” built of stone and megaliths. Inspired by ancient Gaelic megalith structures and landscapes, Columcille is named for the 6th century Irish monk Colum Cille, who founded a monastic community on the Scottish Isle of Iona. The Megalith Park is privately owned but opened to the public – anyone can come and enjoy the sights!
On my visit, I followed a map around the property and was able to see some awe-inspiring structures and megaliths. The stones were brought in specifically to create Columcille. The megaliths are often thought of as stones meant to allow one’s spirit and energy to “play” and be free. While exploring Columcille, it was easy to see how one could engage with the mysticism the site inspires. One doesn’t have to be spiritual by any means to enjoy the sites, though. The park exists simply for people to come and enjoy!
The tallest megalith at Columcille rises out of the ground about 20 feet and weighs over 45 tons! I was impressed and in awe at the fact that someone could possibly go through the trouble to place these giant stones this way. It certainly creates a gorgeous landscape.
Around the park, there are lots of little sights to visit. There are bridges, towers, single-standing stones, and other creations made from stones and the megaliths around the property. Walking around, I was sort of reminded of a fairytale. I felt like I was exploring ancient Ireland during the time of the Celts – there’s such a neat vibe there. I really enjoyed being able to walk around and simply enjoy the scenery and visit the sights around the park. There is a guest book in the chapel you can sign and I was amazed how many people from so many different places come to visit! It’s generally a very quiet place, but the park is also a popular spot for celebrating spiritual events and holidays, like the equinox and solstice.
If you ever find yourself around the Pocono Mountains and want to experience something truly unique, I highly suggest a visit to Columcille. It’s a great place to simply get in touch with nature and, if you’re interested, feel a bit more connected to your spiritual side.
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