Trammel Fossil Park

Trammel Fossil Park

It’s not lush; it’s not lovely; it’s not a shady slice of Eden. But it is jam-packed with flora and fauna, and they’re set in stone. Trammel Fossil Park isn’t simply a place where you’re “permitted” to hunt for fossils: you’re supposed to. And you can take what you find. Donated to the city of Sharonville by the Trammel family—who realized that the shale and slate on their property held something special—it is a mecca for rock hounds. They come here to search for the leavings of the Ordovician Period—the trilobites, brachiopods, crinoids, and other remnants of the huge, shallow sea that once covered our area. Kiosks explain the site, there are picnic tables and hand-washing stations, and (unlike that dangerous cut-in-the-hill outcropping where you went rock-hunting as a kid), this is a safe way to get your child hooked on geology. oh-sharonville.civicplus.com/188/Trammel-Fossil-Park

Originally published in the May 2014 issue

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