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Columcille Megalith Park
As you're traveling through Eastern Pennsylvania, the last thing you'd expect to come across is a Celtic park.
But if you happen to be driving down the right road in Bangor, PA, you'll find the unexpected: Columcille Megalith Park.
It's a peaceful Celtic park with megaliths carefully placed in an open field, stone buildings, trails to explore and even a pond.
At first glance I wasn't sure if it was worth the trip, but once I started to walk around I was glad I came.
How do you get here?
First and foremost, I want to make sure that you know how to get here so that you can see it yourself.
There is a parking area right in front of the park near the sign I'm standing by in the picture below, which is where I'm going to direct you.
Click THIS LINK to open a map to the Columcille Megalith Park.
This will show you exactly where you want to go and you can even enter your address to get directions to the park from your house.
Learn about Celtic History
Take a Walk through the Park
Now you can chose to read the text below and look at the pictures first or you can "walk" through the park through the video to the right.
As you come from the parking area, you'll have to open the Infinity Gate to get into the park. Make sure you close it behind you. As you enter the park, there will be an information board and you'll already see a bunch of megaliths in front of you.
You'll probably notice the Circle of Stones in the middle of the field as you enter. These are carefully placed megaliths said to connect the energies back to the future.
I walked through the circle toward a stone structure to the left of it called the Stones of Voyage or the St. Oran Bell Tower.
It's a cool circular, stone tower with no roof. There's two doorways into it, a few windows, a bell, what looked like a wind chime and even a sword up in the highest part of the tower.
It looks like it was made with a variety of different types of stones. There's even a small stack of stones right in the center of the tower if you go inside.
I checked this out from all angles and then exited through the other doorway. I was going to walk straight over a small stone bridge, but the pond to the left tempted me to go check it out.
I didn't even realize there was going to be a pond here, even though it's noticeable on Google Maps.
It was a pleasant surprise as I approached it because I started to notice colors moving along the water as I got closer.
It's full of Koi fish!
I stood there for a while just watching them swim around in giant schools, it was such a cool spot.
I would have fed them if I had bread.
After my surprise at the pond I headed back to the St. Oran Bell Tower to cross the little stone bridge I had mentioned before.
As you cross the bridge, you'll be taken down a path that leads to a section in the woods where it opens back up.
You'll start seeing small megaliths all around you and probably a fire pit or two.
As you walk down the path you'll see what they call the Cauldron Stone to the left.
Up a little farther you'll see a fire pit to your right and a peculiar looking arrangement of stones out in the open.
What you're looking at it called the St. David Stone.
It's got a wide, round base made out of stone with central part that rises up higher.
Seems like it'd make for good 360 degree seating.
But the best part about it is the smooth rock that extends even higher.
I'm not sure what type of rock it is, but it's very smooth to the touch.
As you continue on the path and take a right, you'll notice three large, nicely stacked megaliths called Thor's Gate.
This is said to be the "Guardian of the North Wind".
I'm not sure how tall it is, but I could walk under it easily without having to bend down and I'm 6 foot 3 inches tall.
As you walk down the path, under through Thor's Gate, you'll be in The Glen of the Temple.
As you get closer to the bottom, I'm sure you'll start to notice a small, stone, hexagon-shaped building.
This is the St. Columba Chapel.
There's a sign outside that says it was constructed in 1979 and, if you open the thick wooden door, you can go inside and check it out.
It's a little musty but it's actually pretty cool.
The peak of the roof is a skylight, there's unique windows and benches and there's a rock right in the middle of the chapel.
They call this The Stone of "Centering and Grounding" which happens to be touching the "Verb of the Source".
While I was in the chapel I found something very handy; a map of the grounds!
I had looked for a map of the area on their website and couldn't find one, but now I had one.
If you click the picture on the right you'll have one too! It's not exactly drawn that accurate, or to scale, but it'll help you know what's there and where to look for it.
After looking over the map I decided to take a hike and see what the Sacred Men's and Sacred Women's Site was all about.
They turned out to be what looked like camp sites.
Not much to see at either place but it was a nice walk through the woods.
One cool thing I did come across during my hike through the woods was a Faerie Ring Stone.
It's a sturdy, rock passageway that has a perfectly round opening for you to walk through.
You may have to duck to walk through this one.
Me and my sister paused here to take a few pictures of each other at this unique stone structure.
Continuing down the trail and off a side path, I suddenly started to feel a little smarter. As I looked at the map I realized why.
I was heading toward the Druid Stone of Wisdom! Haha. They really went all out with putting rocks along the border of the whole trail and then around each megalith.
I'm not sure if it was purposely bent or what, but I like how the tree behind the stone was bent down. Possibly trying to leech a little wisdom from it?
As I finished my hike on the trail I was greeted by a very tall megalith called Mannanan, which they say is the "Protector Stone".
The sky was a really nice blue that day, the grass was bright green; it was perfect. I had to pause at the opening of the trail and soak it all in.
A little to the left of Mannanan is The Stone of Destiny (Lia Faille). It has a unique shape to it and it even had some water pooled up on top of it.
After checking the map, I decided to hop back into the woods to check out the MoonCatcher Stone and the Sacred Well.
They seemed to be constructing something at the time, because there was wooden framework over the well.
I'm not sure what kind of stone the MoonCatcher Stone is but it was pretty cool to look at. It's big, shiny and almost see through.
Right behind the stone, cemented in place, was Celtic cross with a lot of detail.
What else is there to do at Columcille Megalith Park?
You can't have a picnic or start a campfire, but there are many events that are held here throughout the year.
There are concerts, solstice and equinox celebrations, teaching events, pageants and a lot more!
So if you're in the area you should think about checking out Columcille Megalith Park.
I know I found it to be quite the hidden gem! So plan your trip to the "playground of myth and mystery" and enjoy your walk through the grounds!