It's fun to go fossil hunting in the spillway area at Caesar Creek Park. To do this, you have to get a free permit from the park's Visitor Center. There they will tell you the rules for collecting fossils (don't use any tools, don't sell what you find, etc.)
The fossils are from the Ordovician age, which doesn't mean a whole lot to me, except that they are very very old! You can see the fossils that give evidence that this whole area was once under an ocean.
You can keep the fossils that you find, provided that they aren't bigger than the palm of your hand. I have found lots of brachiopods, bryozoans and horn coral...
Ordovician fossils onced lived in this area. It was covered with Ordovician Sea. We found Brachiopods, Bryozoans, Gastropods, Crinoids, and Horn Coral. Ohio is known for it's Tribolites, but we haven't found one yet! When you visit the visitors center they will give you a brochure and a parking pass for your car. No tools can be used to collect fossils. We used a toothbrush to brush off the fossils so I guess that's ok? You can only keep fossils that fit in the palm of your hand. Fossils can only be collected in the Spillway overflow where it is roped off for parking and the sign for fossils is displayed. Do not climb the walls. The ocks are falling and it is dangerous and unstable.
Note from the Army Corps of Engineers: If you want to collect fossils, you have to obtain a free permit from the visitor center.
Pictures coming soon!
Make your own. Ok I like (your own choice of course) colby jack, club crackers, a little wine, some sausage, fruit, left over pizza, whatever I can put in the cooler for a picnic basket trip. When your busy hunting fossils or walking trails and you get back to the car. Your hungry. Who cares what there is to eat. Your hungry! Bring plenty of water no matter what. Hot or cold, you always get thirsty.
Favorite Dish: The company of my husband and drinking some fine wine and eating cheese and crackers.
Saw a Festival going on when we drove thru Waynesville. Happens every year at this time. I heard they have many wonderful crafts. The traffic if horrible. Parking is $5.00-$7.00 the closer you get to town. If you can find a parking spot from what we could see. We were on our way to the park to fossil hunt. All the shops looked like they had things going on too!
Waynesville needs your money. BAD. Luckily, two state highways run past, SR42 and SR73. Waynesville has two actual cops, D Chief, and D. Sergeant. Two is more than they can afford.
These two do a Fine Job, but can't work all the time. You can just hear the dollars running down the drain. What to do?
Hire A Wookie! Make the Wookies "volunteer". They don't get paid, they get 3 a.m. "work experience" and a letter six months later saying what great "employees" they made.
YOU get: a 3 a.m. ticket for running that light they know won't work (after they watched you wait 5 minutes). They don't care if you live around here, THEY DON'T. Payback may be a you-know-what, but they're not here long, and they don't get PAID.
Luggage and bags:
Back pack. Some zip locks to put fossils in and a trash bag for your trash. Don't leave any trash behind!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Change of shoes in case you get wet or muddy, there are some uprise low spots and your shoes get really muddy in the silt.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: First Aid kit is always smart to carry when you hike or are in such a big area. Also mosquito repellent. Sunscreen if you burn easy. It gets hot on the rocks.
Photo Equipment: Lots of film. This place is beautiful anytime. The leaves are changing right now.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I took a rain coat just in case.
There is sailing, swimming, etc.. looked like something for everyone here.
Equipment: I'm bring my kayaks here next year. I haven't checked into anything about rentals yet? The web site is below for ino