For Immediate Release
October 10, 2014
Media Contact: Tammy York
Celebrate National Fossil Day October 15, 2014
with a Fossil Filled Hike
Cincinnati, OH—Go for a hike in the Greater Cincinnati area and you’ll likely be stepping over fossils some 450 million years old. The Greater Cincinnati region is a unique land area, referred to as the Cincinnati Arch. In fact, the Greater Cincinnati is world renowned for Ordovician fossils.
If you want to go fossil hunting, where can you go and what are the collecting rules?
In Ohio, you can go to the following state parks and get a collection permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center at the respective park you are visiting. Rules are typically the same from place to place.
No tools are allowed in the spillway. No breaking of rocks or hitting of one rock against another.
You may keep fossils (or rocks containing fossils) that fit in the palm of your hand. Larger specimens should be left for others to enjoy. You may photograph, draw, or take rubbings of larger specimens.
Fossils may only be collected in the emergency spillway. Collecting in any area other than the spillway is not permitted.