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Posted in response to Eastern PA rock and fossil hounds from Jason and Iliana on January 08, 2012 at 00:56:28:

Re: Eastern PA rock and fossil hounds

I don't think either of these sites are particularly new, but maybe they will be new to you:

Somewhere in Swatara State Park (near Lebanon)is a huge dump of fossil-bearing rocks. We had a really hard time finding it because apparently things were moved around during road work. We also found many (and bigger) soft fossils in the clay banks of the creek. Unfortunately we lost the clay fossils so I didn't get to find out how well they hardened. If you google Swatara Gap Fossils or Suedberg Fossils there is a lot more current info so it shouldn't be so hard to find.

In Philadelphia, Wissahickon Park supposedly has nice garnets crystals up to 1/2" in the outcroppings above the trail on the east side of the creek. We had no luck finding sizable crystals but we found innumerable tiny crystals both weathered out and still in schist.

I hope this helps, and I'd love to hear about any old locations in PA that you know.

From Adelaide - January 09, 2012 at 02:49:41
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