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Devonian Fossil Gorge

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Address: Iowa City, IA
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 22:00

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Exciting place to visit

We loved visiting the Gorge - amazing fossils, lots of different types, and excellent hiking at Linder Point nearby.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We loved visiting the Gorge - amazing fossils, lots of different types, and excellent hiking at Linder Point nearby.

Thank CMG2013
Whitmore Lake, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

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 trip, extra credit, seeking families would do and we googled it! The entrance was easy to find using a... More 

1 Thank ALRham
San Antonio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

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

Thank I_Like_Cats_12
Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

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 that show where the best examples of different types of fossils can be seen. The fossils get a lot of foot... More 

1 Thank kateg1414
Forest City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

This place is a little gem. My 10 year old had just been to a place similar to this so he was very excited to be our tour guide and point out all the interesting fossils. This is a great, safe place to explore and roam with young kids. We walked all around, hunted for fossils, and ended up by... More 

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Clinton, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Not really a destination, but an interesting stop to stretch you legs and see a few fossils. Most of the best fossils we saw were next to the sidewalk before you get to the riverbed. Be sure to pick up a brochure so you can follow the markers.

1 Thank Mike C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here. We have kids 18 down to 7 and they all enjoyed. Is fun to explore and look for the many amazing fossils. Good place for kids to use up some of their energy. Don't miss the fossils on the big rocks on your way down into the gorge itself.

1 Thank Anita V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Great little afternoon activity. Easy walk to explore everything. Take the time to read about what you're seeing as you go or you'll miss a lot.

Thank Heidi B
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed visiting the fossil gorge. Recommend watching the movie at the visitor's center so you have a better idea of the local history (how it came to be uncovered) and what you are looking for. (Which types of fossils.). Our only mistake was going on a hot day, but that's Iowa summers for you!

Thank Maguerite J
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

It is not an Impressive view and I was kind of disappointing with the concrete debris all together. But it was a fun little hike to follow the discovery map and find the fossils. Some are very hard to appreciate. Still a great geological time machine.

Thank jmortis

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