Balance Rock State Park (Pittsfield, MA)

Date Visited: March 26, 2016

Cost: Free

Location: Balance Rock, Rd, Pittsfield, MA (about 2.5 hours west of Boston, MA or 1 hour east of Albany, NY)

Hours: Sunrise until 6 p.m.

Parking: There is parking for about up to 50 cars or so at the Balance Rock entrance.

 

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During the last ice age, some 12,000 to 100,000 years ago, rocks were haphazardly pushed to and fro, creating this unusual formation. Or, someone put one rock on top of another. Either the product of glacial movement or an elaborate hoax, the namesake of Balance Rock State Park is a huge attraction.

But, before you view the impressive rock, there are rocks and beauty aplenty at the entrance to Balance Rock Park.

By the entrance, there is a stream that runs along the side of the park

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After a short drive up the main entrance road (about half a mile), you will reach Balance State Park’s main attraction; the rock.  We were a bit disappointed to find the rock right there next to the parking lot.  While it is convenient and easy for visitors to find, it would have been nice to have to hike to it.  It would have built up the anticipation.  Despite the journey being anticlimactic, the rock was impressive.  As you can tell from the photos and attached video, the rock never touches the ground.  Unfortunately, it has been vandalized which was very disappointing to see.

The rock is 30 feet long and 15 feet wide.  It is resting on another much smaller rock.  This, the story goes, is the product of the last glacial age.  It also goes to show that no matter how big and seemingly powerful someone or something may be, the rock and we wouldn’t be the same without the help of a little friend.

I noticed how some of the rocks seem to have eyes and lips.  I am not sure if this was due to nature, erosion or the work of mankind.

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It turns out, there are many rocks in the area

The residents of Balance Rock State Park are very photogenic.  He was shy at first.  But, eventually, he came out and I was able to get some close ups of him.

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Video of the stream at the entrance to Balance Rock State Park

Walking tour of the rock

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About New England Nomad

Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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