Turtle Rocks

Turtle Rocks at Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas. February 24, 2010.

When Betsy and I visited Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas last week, we hiked a couple of trails which were new for us.  One of the trails was Rock House Trail, which is fairly short, but did lead us through the “Turtle Rocks” shown above.

“Turtle rocks” are mounded structures resembling a turtle shell which have been carved in thick sandstones.  Turtle Rocks are found only in Hartshorne Sandstone, which is found at several locations in the Arkansas River Valley.

It’s not known how the “turtle rocks” were created, but they are certainly are interesting.

Can you see the turtles through the trees?

As we followed another trail we spotted on “turtle” on another, as shown in the picture above.

The “Turtle Rocks” of Petit Jean certainly added to our day at the park.

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16 Responses to “Turtle Rocks”

  1. Darla Says:

    I had to enlarge the first photo..they do look like turtles! I have never heard of this before, mother nature is surely something isn’t she?

  2. Susie Says:

    I’ve never heard of that before George. I could see the turtles in the trees. How neat!

  3. Karin Says:

    What wondrous stone formation! It is a curiosity as to how they are formed. I learned something new here again! Thanks so much for sharing those! Will have to do some googling and find out more about them. Hope y’all have a lovely day!!

  4. Rose Says:

    Those are some really neat rocks…I had never heard of them.

  5. Judy Says:

    Wonderful rock formations!

  6. MaryBeth Says:

    Very neat, George. Isn’t it amazing how certain formations show up in one special place and one can find different ones all over our country. Special. thanks for sharing these ‘turtles’.

  7. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    This is most certainly unique.One could almost believe that they were real turtles.
    Blessings,Ruth

  8. Cheryl Says:

    Wow! These turtle rocks are amazing. Its absolutely wonderful to see what nature has “set out” for us to enjoy and thanks to you for sharing your finds with us.

  9. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    My word! I’ve never seen anything like that! I’m assuming that these are man made, but just not known by whom or when?

  10. Tootie Says:

    George, I believe those are Loggerhead sea turtles. 🙂

  11. Happyone Says:

    I can see why they are called turtle rocks. Really cool!!

  12. Carletta Says:

    I’ve never heard of this George. I LOVE that last shot! It sure does look like a turtle perched above that rock. So cool!

  13. Becky Says:

    How interesting…it makes me wonder just how they were formed!!!

  14. Mary Says:

    That is very interesting! I’ve never seen or heard of turtle rocks. They really look like their name!

  15. connieemeraldeyes Says:

    I like the turtle rock pictures.

  16. Small Reflections Says:

    Wow … what a fascinating place! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos 😉
    Hugs and blessings,

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