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“Hidden Gem”

Trammel Fossil Park
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

I had lived within 2 miles of this place for 7 years and never knew it existed. My 4-yr old loved looking for fossils and learning about geology. I am impressed that this place is free to the public and hope it stays that way for generations to come.

1  Thank Bryan D
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

It's really a small road cut in the middle of an industrial park. There's nothing here that can't be found on any river bank, highway road cut, or construction site. We drove all the way from fort Thomas and were extremely let down.

3  Thank Beauregard70
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

I work at a hotel and regularly suggest checking out Trammel Fossil Park. This park is not off the beaten path, but it is "hidden" at the end of a business park. There are port-a-potties, a place to wash your hands, picnic tables, educational plaques (these tell you about the ecosystems and which fossils were abundant then), and the main event--fossils galore.

You do not need to bring any special equipment, except a bag for carrying your finds home. This is because the fossils are so abundant that you do not even need to dig for them. Your finds can include everything from coral to trilobites (Ohio's official fossil)!

There is a woods at the top of the hill with paths crossing through it. The paths are neither paved nor marked, so use discretion if you do not have a great sense of direction or not a lot of time to spare. I enjoy fossil hunting in the creekbeds you will find along these paths.

Be sure to wear good shoes, because there are no paths leading to the top of the hill or along the hill where the bulk of the fossil hunting occurs (you will be doing a little climbing). Trammel Fossil Park is not "handicap friendly," so please keep that in mind, as well.

6  Thank bluefairyriot
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

I have been visiting the Park a couple of times every summer since 2009. This park is a very special place to visit because:
it is a natural site for getting up close to what type of animal, mammal, bug, fresh water aquatic life not to mention plant life lived in this area during prehistoric times.
the site is a slice form, in a rocky hillside, of prehistoric vertebrae and non-vertebrae, well marked with discreet signage indicating the era of every level in the hillside.
there are picnic tables but no water source (there may be a source since I visited last)..

I recommend - for any age:
+ visiting early in the a.m. because there isn't any shade (unless you venture to the top to the hill where there are trees) so it gets really hot!
+ Do wear climbing or good hiking shoes because wet or dry the big rocks can be slippery.
+ Bring band aids and antiseptic cleanser for wounds - which will happen (but it's all worth a scrape or cut.)
+ Bring a "cloth" bag (one for each person) or sack to use as a sturdy container for hauling your favorite dusty, ragged fossils home. Plastic is the worst. Tried it...forgot it!

The best part of the visit to the park is...you can take your prize fossils with you! Of course, with respect to the monument it is, do not bring a truck in to haul your prizes away. Just take a bit of the geographical, prehistoric history of what was living here before man. You may find fossils in their full formation, just as they were back then.

Join me in thanking the Trammel family for endowing such a unique piece of treasure for Cincinnati to appreciate - up close and personal.

M. Price

7  Thank Maripat P
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is a really nice park developed by Sharonville and free to the public. It is the side of a hill that is full of fossils of different time periods. My young boys, wife and I really had fun climbing around and discovering all kinds of cool fossils. Definitely recommend going here on a nice day!!!

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