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Devonian Fossil Gorge

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Fossil Gorge

Took our 5 and 3 year old grandsons. They had fun looking for the fossils and looking for the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Toddville, Iowa
Fun Afternoon with Kids

All you need is a few hours, some good shoes and maybe sunblock. This "park" is a great spot to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jme L
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nature area with a numbered fossil walk! Basic fossils like crinoids embedded in the rocks. Would be great for elementary school children.

Thank jalowu
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you were lucky enough to visit right after the flood, it would have been memorable. Today it is just a skeleton. People have taken away much of the fossils as this site is unsupervised. Still you can visit and hike around, visit Sugarbottom beach,...More

Thank mdh941
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took our 5 and 3 year old grandsons. They had fun looking for the fossils and looking for the numbered sights.

Thank reebpaws
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All you need is a few hours, some good shoes and maybe sunblock. This "park" is a great spot to explore and walk around. There is fishing there too. Bring your own food and drink.

Thank Jme L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The story behind the discovery of the fossil gorge is interesting, but I'm sorry to say we were a bit underwhelmed with the site itself. The fossils all are very small, nothing that wows you. Most are (repetitious) plant and coral based - no interesting...More

Thank sybil k
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

We loved the fossil gorge. I felt like we stepped back in time and learned so much. What a treat to be able to walk along these fossils. Print off the guide before you go, so worth it to go number to number learning. The...More

Thank MapletonFarm
Reviewed 27 July 2018

It doesn't talk long to see the gorge and many can walk down to it. It's worth it for a little insight into the geology of Iowa.

Thank oldfarmer2018
Reviewed 24 July 2018

PROS: 350 million year old sea bed! Aquatic fossils embedded in the rocks; the fossils are all easy to find; the available brochure helps you find specific fossils. Great 1-2 hour activity for the whole family. CONS: none . great attraction for Iowa City/Coralville

Thank Big_bro_1_usa
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Had a wonderful time with my daughter on visit. Many different fossils to discover. Very nice sitting area available. Great way to spend an afternoon. Many different activities to do while at the park.

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Reviewed 22 July 2018

We visited on a quiet Friday morning, starting at the visitor's center. With two young kids, we usually skip out on the movies at places like that, but we decided to do this one and I'm glad we did. It was short and a great...More

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9 June 2018|
Response from ThatOneIowaGuy | Reviewed this property |
No. There’s nobody working there. It’s just an open area to visit
1 July 2016|
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Response from baps6194 | Reviewed this property |
No admission fee!
9 January 2015|
Response from baps6194 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I didn't see this question until now!! if you have not visit yet, I wouldn't recommend it in January because the freezing temps and ice. Very sorry for the delay but truth is I didn't even know people could ask me... More