Iowa Hiking, Nature July 27, 2019
Find Fossils From Over 300 Million Years Ago Along This Beautiful Iowa Trail
Are you looking for a unique way to spend the day in Iowa? Head out to the small town of Rockford, where you’ll find a fossil gorge that’s sure to impress even the pickiest adventurer. Hiking around this preserve will show you parts of Iowa’s past that may be hard to believe. Luckily, you can take home evidence of your adventure to show off!
300 million years ago, Iowa was totally under water. In fact, the very ground you walk on every day was the sea floor!
Over time, as the oceans receded and earth shifted and changed, the ground dried up, and people began to live on the land.
Today, you can walk right on the prehistoric ocean floor by hiking around Iowa's Fossil and Prairie Center in Rockford.
There's still evidence of Iowa's past lives, though - and visiting the Fossil and Prairie Center in Rockford will show you just what that means!
As you wander this public fossil gorge, you'll find plenty of fossils left over from the Devonian era - 360 million years ago!
Brachiopods, gastropods, horn corals, bryozoans and cephalopods are just a few of the prehistoric critters you'll find forever embedded in rock.
Kids and adults alike have a blast combing the earth for evidence of the past. You're allowed to take home the fossils you find!
Plan a trip to the breathtaking Fossil and Prairie Center to embark on a hike that will take you through beautiful landscapes - and also through time.
Address: 1227 215th Street, Rockford, IA, 50468
To learn more about the creatures of Iowa’s past, plan a trip to the other prehistoric playgroud in the Hawkeye State.
A Trip To This Fossil Gorge In Iowa Is An Adventure Like No Other, and you’ll want to add it to your bucket list.