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Devonian Fossil Gorge

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Address: Iowa City, IA
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Great Sunday Funday

Lots of ground to cover, fossils to see, and space to keep the little ones occupied. Walkpaths along the Iowa river, playground equipment and picnic area very close by means you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of ground to cover, fossils to see, and space to keep the little ones occupied. Walkpaths along the Iowa river, playground equipment and picnic area very close by means you can let the kids run and wear themselves out. Located at the base of the Coralville dam, the Visitor Center is just above you along with another playground. Many... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an outstanding gorge loaded with fossils. My family likes to visit here for the natural beauty and because we love to seek out fossils. There are loads in the gorge if you look closely. Even if you're not interested in the fossils, this is a lovely area to walk around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

I went in the middle of winter in subzero temperatures, so the majority of the gorge was covered in ice. Even though I wasn't able to walk the entire gorge, it's still a very interesting place to see. The audio guide and map I didn't expect, but was very well done and organized. Will have to go again in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We loved visiting the Gorge - amazing fossils, lots of different types, and excellent hiking at Linder Point nearby.

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Whitmore Lake, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

Before a family visit to IA, we were asked by an IL Science Teacher if we knew where to "find the fossils". As a matter of fact... we had no idea this Fossil Gorge existed. So we did what all field trip, extra credit, seeking families would do and we googled it! The entrance was easy to find using a... More 

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San Antonio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Its free You get to see nature Walk around the dry river bed and search for fossils Check out the dam Just wear comfortable shoes

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

The gorge is just off Coralville Lake and would be easy to include in as an hour's activity. The Gorge is open at 6 am. From eight to nine, the place was empty. At the entrance, there are brochures that show where the best examples of different types of fossils can be seen. The fossils get a lot of foot... More 

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Forest City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

This place is a little gem. My 10 year old had just been to a place similar to this so he was very excited to be our tour guide and point out all the interesting fossils. This is a great, safe place to explore and roam with young kids. We walked all around, hunted for fossils, and ended up by... More 

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Clinton, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Not really a destination, but an interesting stop to stretch you legs and see a few fossils. Most of the best fossils we saw were next to the sidewalk before you get to the riverbed. Be sure to pick up a brochure so you can follow the markers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here. We have kids 18 down to 7 and they all enjoyed. Is fun to explore and look for the many amazing fossils. Good place for kids to use up some of their energy. Don't miss the fossils on the big rocks on your way down into the gorge itself.

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