Curious Rock – Spencer, West Virginia - Atlas Obscura

Curious Rock

Spencer, West Virginia

A table rock formation that has been intriguing West Virginians for years. 


Natural formation or Native American totem? Local legends imply that it could be either, or perhaps both.

Sitting on the mountain top this rock formation appears as your reward after a two hour hike. This unexplained tower appears to have an altar for worship, or simply a sitting area for visitors.

The large cap stone precariously sitting atop the stone column almost looks like a hat. While there are local mysteries regarding the formation’s origins, geologists actually have a name for this type of rock: a “Table Rock” formation, not unlike the Jug Rock formation in Indiana or the Turnip Rock formation in Michigan.

Their occurrence, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, makes it understandable why towers like this captivate members of the community as well as local scientists. Explorers have made the long hike to view the rock hat-wearing rock since early pioneer days. The current land owner has contacted the state to see what they knew about the formation, and to his surprise state officials know of the site but no official research has been done. 

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