Trammel Fossil Park
Trammel Fossil Park
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  • Matt
    Columbus, Ohio35 contributions
    Entertaining Day Trip - Small Interesting Fossils
    There are a tone of small fossils. They are mostly of the types pictured in the images from other reviews. Don't expect beautiful surroundings or large fossils. check out a maps program to see the area. We couldn't find any trilobite fossils... and we looked for a fair amount of time. My son's are 15 and 16 and they both had a pretty good time, but I think younger kids and kid's that are really into paleontology would love it. Bring eye protection, chisels and hammers if you want (some will probably break). However many fossils have already been freed from the rocks and can be found simply by looking. There are some decent restaurants and parks close by too. Families can easily make a day trip to this location for fun.
    Written April 5, 2021
  • Susan F
    Indianapolis, Indiana73 contributions
    Good, dirty fun
    Fascinating place. In a light industrial park area at the back end. Has a nice parking lot and a couple of picnic tables. Lots of signs with good information about the fossils you can find. The hill is a little steep, but not too bad even for an older person like me. But, you need to be careful. Wear shoes with good traction and old clothes. Was able to find a few small partial fossils quickly. I hadn't planned to go, so didn't have any tools with me, so had to dig with my hands. They discourage too much digging because you don't want to leave holes that people may trip over. I would like to go back again and spend more time hunting.
    Written March 1, 2022
  • kandkclark
    Newark, Ohio1 contribution
    Wonderful!
    Anyone who gave this a low rating didn't see the whole area. If you just look in front of the parking lot, you could be a little disappointed. You need to go right, away from the parking lot, towards GE. The finds on that end are incredible! You can't walk without stepping on a fossil! Don't compare this to a "road cut". It's not!
    Traveled with family
    Written March 19, 2014
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Amanda A
West Olive, MI2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
If you're in the area, make a stop at Trammel Park. My two daughters (8 & 12) had a blast hunting for fossils. This was a great hidden gem!
Written March 22, 2022
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Susan F
Indianapolis, IN73 contributions
Dec 2021
Fascinating place. In a light industrial park area at the back end. Has a nice parking lot and a couple of picnic tables. Lots of signs with good information about the fossils you can find. The hill is a little steep, but not too bad even for an older person like me. But, you need to be careful. Wear shoes with good traction and old clothes.
Was able to find a few small partial fossils quickly. I hadn't planned to go, so didn't have any tools with me, so had to dig with my hands. They discourage too much digging because you don't want to leave holes that people may trip over. I would like to go back again and spend more time hunting.
Written March 1, 2022
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JJ B
New York City, NY8 contributions
Apr 2021
Must hit destination while in town! This was great for kids who are interested in dinosaurs! With a half day trip!
Written July 5, 2021
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Matt
Columbus, OH35 contributions
Apr 2021
There are a tone of small fossils. They are mostly of the types pictured in the images from other reviews. Don't expect beautiful surroundings or large fossils. check out a maps program to see the area.

We couldn't find any trilobite fossils... and we looked for a fair amount of time.

My son's are 15 and 16 and they both had a pretty good time, but I think younger kids and kid's that are really into paleontology would love it.

Bring eye protection, chisels and hammers if you want (some will probably break). However many fossils have already been freed from the rocks and can be found simply by looking.

There are some decent restaurants and parks close by too. Families can easily make a day trip to this location for fun.
Written April 5, 2021
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Jeff G
Battle Creek, MI120 contributions
Sep 2020
Educational spot to take kids but the amount of trash around detracted from the experience. Several of the informational signs were in rough shape but the ones you could read were insightful.
Written November 19, 2020
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Nevilsizor
Marana, AZ90 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
This place was really cool. Found several fossils for being there just a short time! Had fun with family hunting fossils.
Written September 9, 2020
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Experience750442
2 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
My husband and I enjoy looking for fossils. The park is well laid out and explains the rock layers that are exposed. Wish I had kids to bring here.
Written September 29, 2019
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Myssi73
Hagerhill, KY123 contributions
Aug 2019
Stopped by this little park while in town visiting. So glad we did. Its a wonderful little treasure. Very well kept, CLEAN porta potty with hand washing station was a plus. Only there a few minutes with little effort and found several fossils, I'm sure we could have found lots more if we had stayed longer and looked harder. Some really large ones too. We opted to leave them for the next set of visitors. Really great spot. Next time we will pack a picnic lunch.
Written August 15, 2019
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Tanveer
Indianapolis, IN172 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Interesting trip to Trammel Fossil Park. Small but quite interesting. Free admission and good information before going to the area where you can see small fossils embedded in the rocks. We spent 30 mins, saw interesting things and find small fossils to take home. Recommended if you are traveling around have young kids to show the fossils.
Written July 13, 2019
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HDS1
Fairfield, OH859 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
Trammel Fossil Park is a little out of the way, but worth a visit for fossil buffs. There are excellent signs explaining the rock strata and the types of fossils that can be found in each layer. I would highly recommend wearing boots with a hard sole.
Written April 6, 2019
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