The Epic Park In Virginia Where You Can Take Home 5-Million-Year-Old Fossils For Free
Most trips to the beach usually involve a treasure hunt of sorts, whether that be for unique seashells or loose change. Journey to Virginia’s Colonial Beach and you can search for something else altogether: ancient fossils. Virginia’s coastal plains are a treasure trove for fossil hunting. In fact, the first fossil discovered in North America was hiding along these very shores. One such place in the Northern Neck is a Westmoreland State Park, featuring an aptly named Fossil Park. It’s here you can discover ancient shark teeth as well as other unique fossils. And the best part? It’s completely free!
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While searching for the fossils is free, keep in mind there is a small parking fee at Westmoreland State Park. The address of the park is 145 Cliff Rd, Montross, VA 22520. Have you ever discovered any shark teeth here? Be sure to share your stories with us! For more information about the activities available here, be sure to visit the official state park website.
A lifelong Virginia resident, Beth loves exploring different parts of the world and currently resides in Alexandria. She holds a degree in English Literature and one of her short stories has been featured in the Shenandoah Review. Other interests include hiking, songwriting, and spending time in the mountains.
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