These destinations make it easy to turn a trip to the park into an educational, fossil-hunting adventure.
Caesar Creek State Park
4020 N. Clarksville Road, Waynesville, OH (approximately 40 minutes from downtown Dayton)
(513) 897-1050 | http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/caesarcreek | http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=H202350
Oakes Quarry Park
Entrance and parking located on State Route 235 just east of I-675 in Fairborn (approximately 25 minutes from downtown Dayton)
(937) 754-3090 | http://www.beavercreekwetlands.org/maplocations-oakes.html
Hueston Woods State Park
6301 Park Office Road, College Corner, OH (approximately 1 hour from downtown Dayton)
(513) 523-6347 | http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/huestonwoods
Trammel Fossil Park
Trammel Drive, Sharonville, OH (approximately 1 hour from downtown Dayton)
(513) 563-2985 | http://oh-sharonville.civicplus.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/Trammel-Fossil-Park-13
Stonelick State Park
2895 Lake Drive, Pleasant Plain, OH (approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes from downtown Dayton)
(513) 734-4323 | http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/stonelick
FOSSIL FAST FACTS
- Ohio’s state fossil is Isotelus, a type of trilobite from the Ordovician period.
- Fossil collecting sites like the ones listed above are along what’s known as the Cincinnati Arch, and attract paleontologists from all over the US.
- Always make sure to contact the sites ahead of time to confirm where fossil collecting is allowed and whether there are any site-specific rules to consider
5675 Centennial Road, Slvania, OH 43560