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“Dinosaur Crossing”

Dinosaur Footprints
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Holyoke
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Owner description: Imagine small herds of dinosaurs on the shore of a shallow tropical lake as you enjoy a real, up-close look at their fossilized prints, left in sandstone to spur our wonder.
Marion, South Carolina
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72 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Dinosaur Crossing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

This a no-frills spot maintained by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The quality of the trails varies by season. If it has been rainy, expect some ruts.
What you'll see is a large area of dinosaur tracks of various sizes in their natural state. It's obvious that a family or two of small dinosaurs used this area near a water source. Another thing the kids always find fascinating is the fossil remains of the water itself. You can see ripples in the stone surface where shallow water had been running over it.
A little farther down the hillside, there is a spot where you can look up and down the Connecticut River. It is a very scenic area, and if you tie in a discussion of how the river formed the valley after Lake Amherst disappeared around 12,000 years ago, everybody learns something without being hit over the head with it.
Parking is limited in a turnout off Route Five on the Northbound side, but crowding isn't apt to be a problem. Remember, it a self-guided experience and there are no rangers present, so use common sense about safety.

Visited August 2013
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Los Angeles
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55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Not Amazing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

Don't drive out of your way, but if you happen to be in the area, swing by for a 15 minute hike. The tracks are not mind-blowing and we did end up saying, "Wait, this is it?!" You can basically see the eroded outlines of dinosaur tracks. So you can at least compare to your own feet and guess how you might have fared if you met a 15-20 foot meat eating dinosaur. Not an especially strenuous walk, but there are some hills and stepping over sticks. I would not call it wheelchair accessible.

Visited August 2013
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Go dinosaur hunting!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

I thought this place was a lot of fun, although it's just a short walk (not a hike). You can spot lots of dinosaur footprints of different sizes. There's also a path down to a beautiful spot on the river.

Visited April 2013
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New York
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4 reviews
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“Seasonal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Seasonal hoping to get better view when no ice and snow on ground Who knew dinos roamed the North East

Visited February 2012
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Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA
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60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Educational and Simple”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

This isn't really a business so I'm not sure why it's here... it's a 15-minute diversion off of Route 5. Very interesting and free. They have the tracks marked out for you so you can tell them from the other ridges in the rock. It would be interesting if it was legit. I'm not an archaeologist so I have no idea. Someone thought it was noteworthy, apparently, and the blurb at the entrance to the trail is interesting.

Visited November 2012
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