Devil’s tea tables.
Maybe they aren’t as mysterious as they sound, but are still fascinating.
These geologic formations consist of sandstone that has been slowly erode by water over the years.
Water gets in the cracks, freezes and expands, and breaks the rocks apart.
The resulting shapes speak for themselves.
Some see a place where the devil would sip tea.
Other folks are reminded of demons and even the infamous Mothman.
Erosion also impacts these oddly-shaped stones in other ways.
A tree growing in the top of the rock will eventually be its demise.
As it grows, the tree “will not only become heavier, but the roots will also drive deeper into the rock looking for water and eventually busting it apart,” according to Ella Rose and Rebecca Kayser’s post on the Lewis County, West Virginia History and Genealogy Facebook page.
The “before” photo was supposedly taken about 1908.
This tea table is located in Collins Settlement District near Stonewall Jackson Lake.