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Devonian Fossil Gorge, Iowa City

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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  • 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 tr...  read more »
  • 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 
  • 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 th...  read more »
  • If you get down and look close enough you can see a bunch of little fossils. Also has little pond to view tadpoles and frogs.
  • Educational and fun place to take family, really enjoyed it
  • Echoing the sentiments of some fellow Fossil lovers - this place is legit! On a nice day, there are few better things than getting outside and wandering around, while playing explorer. Everything is accomplished whilst visiting the Fossil Gorge! The place is basically a large ancient river with a limestone base that we're now able to explore and play paleontologist! There are a number of larger fossils that are marked with large numbers. The water is delightfully murky and covered in slime, making for some good searching for frogs and what not. Do be careful however, as the area around is incredibly slippery and we witnessed at least one kiddo fall it. Not life-threatening....just gross! Plenty of parking, a couple drinking fountains (KEY ON THE WAY OUT FOR THIRSTY LITTLE DUDES!) and some lovely signage explaining the area, along with a lovely water feature. A great spot to go explore and get your learn on for a bit.
  • Cool fossils including a paper map and numbered in spots for you to find them. The visitors center for the dam and lake has a nice ten minute video for the kids who really interested in the dam and how it works along with the flood overflow waters that caused the gorge and fossil find. The kids get a nice visitor pack with a bunch of paper book activities, water safety, birdwatching guide, freebie, etc Note: As a wildlife bonus we saw a beaver, toads, and tadpoles along with a deer standing in the road so be careful driving. There are tons of harmless red spider mites all over the rocky areas when we went to use DEET if that bothers you or check your shoes etc before you get in the car. I didn't see any ticks thank goodness.
  • Nice place to go out
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