Outer Fossil Bed Hike

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The outer fossil beds are one of the world’s amazing excursions to see Devonian fossils in their natural habitat.  We can only offer hikes in the late summer and fall when the upper gates of the McAlpine Dam are closed.  This hike is moderately rugged and without shade, so wear a hat and bring water.  You will do a little wading, the worst is about tw0-feet deep with a moderate current.  There will be a lot of walking on uneven limestone ledges.  Wear enclosed shoes for your safety.

Learn about the geology, history and river dynamics and engineering of the lock and dam as well as the 1870 railroad bridge.  You will see birds and other wildlife on this outing.  The hike lasts about 3 hours.  This hike is geared for adults and children 12 and over.  Show up with enough time to sign a liability release form before you go out to explore.  Meet on the deck.

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