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Waynesville Things to Do

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    Fossil hunting

    by Voyageuse30 Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    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...

    Fossils in the rock, Caesar Creek Park
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    Fossil Hunt

    by WILDEFLOWER Updated Oct 21, 2003

    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!

    The Spillway The Spillway
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    Picnic Basket Cafe: Picnic Basket

    by WILDEFLOWER Written Oct 16, 2003

    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.

    Caesars Creek
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Waynesville Local Customs

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    Saurekraut Festival

    by WILDEFLOWER Written Oct 16, 2003

    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!

    At the Creek
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Waynesville Warnings and Dangers

  • unpaid policemen are worth every penny

    by DonKihotay Written Jun 28, 2005

    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.

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Waynesville What to Pack

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    Change of clothes

    by WILDEFLOWER Written Oct 16, 2003

    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.

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Waynesville Off The Beaten Path

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    try this park at different time

    by chattygirl7491 Written Jul 28, 2015

    As with all parks .. what you see and experience varies greatly from season to season and even at different times of day. If you can be there at dawn or dusk .. can be very different at high noon. A lot of the animals and birds are best see very early or at dusk. I went there at dawn once but it was so isolated and no one in sight ... being a girl on my own it gave me a bit of a concern. So keep safety in mind. I can't condone bring a fire arm to a state park. So if you can come with a friend that is great. Keep in mind that noise is not preferable to spotting wildlife .. so bring a quiet friend.
    walk around ... enjoy the lake, look at birds and wildlife, fields of wildflowers.

    birdwatching and see birds at nature center fields of wildflowers hiking mushroom
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    Caesar creek state park

    by chattygirl7491 Written Jul 28, 2015

    Caesar Creek State Park is highlighted by large lovely lake, scattered woodlands, meadows and steep ravines. The 3,741-acre park offers some of the finest outdoor recreation in southwest Ohio including boating, hiking, camping and fishing, bridal trails. Nice place to bird watch ... they have feeders at the nature center and bird houses in the prairie area.
    Interesting Nature Center is located across the road from Pioneer Village which gives a look back in time. The Pioneer village often has people in character ... sometime camping out. Join us for free Archery, Canoeing, Kayaking, Guided Hikes, Birds of Prey, Wildlife Tours and much more! Good place to watch metor showers and there are often folks with nice telescopes that will let you take a look.
    See program schedule and special event calendar for details. Call for more information.
    513-897-2437.

    ALL CAMPSITES ARE PET FRIENDLY!
    To make a reservation, please visit www.ohio.reserveworld.com
    or call
    1-866-OHIOPARKS (644-6727) The campground has 283 shady or sunny spots. Every site offers electric. Each spacious camp site offers a paved pad that can accommodate at a 35 foot trailer or RV, pop-up, tent, or other camping unit, 20 and 30 amp electrical hookups, a picnic table, and a fire ring. Be advised some sites are designated as "tent only" sites. Bath houses, shower houses, water faucets, and waste drains are located throughout the campground. There is a campstore offering firewood, ice, food, and camping supplies. A dump station is available free of charge for campers. A boat ramp is located in the campground and free to use while camping.
    The campground offers miles of hiking trails that criss-cross throughout the campground, and it is adjacent to the state park mountain bike trail. The Little Miami Scenic Trail is a short drive away.

    frog near nature center fall at the lake walking around, steps to the lake. hummingbird near nature center neat old barn outside park
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Waynesville Sports & Outdoors

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    Biking, running, walking

    by WILDEFLOWER Written Oct 16, 2003

    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

    Resting
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