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Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware

Posted by asdaven  
Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
February 20, 2007 08:46PM

I was hoping to get more information on the areas in Maryland that you have visited. I would like to take my children there to do some collecting,in other words,areas that are easily accessed are optimal.

Are you aware of collecting rules or restrictions on the beaches of the Chesapeake Bay?

Any information you can supply will be greatly appreciated!
Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
June 20, 2007 04:48PM
I've been hearing about this boneyard by the Surry... however I can't find the exact location anywhere online. Could you, please, let me know how to get there? I was even told that you can see the Surry ferry from there but I'm still not sure where it is. I don't know much about fossil, it's been my childhood dream to find some fossils so I've been trying to make the dream come truth. That leads me to another question, can just anybody go there to dig or do I have to be a member of some organization? Thank you for your help.
Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
July 01, 2007 01:45PM
hunterwebb- There are 3 places to collect along the chesapeake bay. The farthest north is Chesapeake Beach. Take Route 261 south of town and the parking will be on the left. It is called "Bay Front Park". Brownies Beach is another name for it, but the signs say's Bay Front Park. The parking area is not very big so get there early. From the parking area, it is a 1/4 mile walk to the beach. The only regulation on fossil collecting is that you cannot dig in the cliffs. You are only allowed to dig on the beach and as a courtesy, fill all the holes you make. Bay Front Park seems to be the richest for shark teeth and ray plates. They are more abundant there, but the bigger shark teeth are more rare there. But, I have found a ton of smaller shark teeth. The bigger shark teeth are farther south, but also farther south the fossils are not as abundant. The next spot is Flag Ponds Park. Take Route 2/4 south of Prince Frederick. Follow the signs to the park, pay the entrance fee, and park at the visitor center. Walk the paved road 1/2 mile to the beach. You can drive down there if you have a disability permit. I have found some of the nicest fossils here, though you are not going to get as many fossils here. I found a nice piece of fossil coral here! Farther south is the third site, Calvert Cliffs State Park. It it further down Route 2/4. Follow the signs. Pay the entrance fee and park. There is a 2 mile hike to the beach. It goes fast. Follow the red trail to the beach, it is the shortest route to the beach. The hike is neat in itself, but can be buggy, so bring bug spray. The beach here is not as big and wide as the other two places and I have not gotten as good stuff here. But, also I have not been here as much as the last two places. As with everywhere else, you are not allowed to dig in the cliffs, just on the beach. It is mostly a safety issue, because the cliffs can collaspe on you. The chesapeake bay sites are all miocene fossils. If you want some Paleocene fossils, head to charles county. South of Indian Head,MD there is a undeveloped state park on the Potomac River. It is called Purse State Park. Get yourself on Route 224 heading south from the Indian Head area,you can also cut accross from Route 301 if you are coming that way, but from Indian Head you are on it awhile and there will be a parking area on your left coming from the north. Park there, cross the road, and it is a 1/2 mile walk on a unmarked trail,it is obvious where the trail is. You will come to a view of the Potomac River ontop of the cliffs. Bear left and descend to the river. Make sure you come at low tide! Same with the places on the Chesapeake or there will be no beach! You can dig on the beach and although there is no regulation here, I would not reccomend digging in the cliffs. You get shark teeth and ray plates, but they are different looking from the miocene sharks. Although I have not checked it out, there is turritella fossils, if you bushwhack south of the beach there. Good luck fossil hunting!
Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
July 06, 2007 01:59PM
That first place I mentioned, the chesapeake beach place, the parking area is hard to find. Coming from the north, you will go over a bridge in town and there should be a marina, a couple restaurants, and a old railroad station. The parking area is no more than 1 mile from here. Probably only a half mile. I believe it is at the bottom of a hill and is right where the town ends. It is on the left and there is no road sign. But, there is a sign in the parking lot that say's "Bay Front Park". The parking lot is kind of in the woods, so it is hard to see.
I am trying to find anyone who has knowledge of mineral collecting sites in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. I live in Maryland and have family that also collect so we were trying to find some places that wwould be close.

Mrs B
Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
September 29, 2007 02:04AM
I am looking for a simple site to take my class of 4th graders to look for fossils in Montgomery or Prince Georges Counties. The Calvert Co beaches are too far and remote for us. Any suggestions.
Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
January 09, 2008 03:08AM
Is the formations at Westmoreland State Park the same as Calvert Cliffs? Is the collecting as good?
Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
January 12, 2008 10:48PM
My son is really into looking for shells, rocks, fossils. We will be in the DC area next week and I wondered if there is an area you would suggest to look for sharks teeth, etc. A lot of the mines, etc are closed this time of year, but figured we could walk the beach (if permitted) to look for some treasures. We will actually be staying in Haymarket, VA, but would venture out within a few hours.

Any suggestions you have would be appreciated.
Jon Ertman
Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
January 13, 2008 12:22AM
My favorite area collecting is Hunting Hill Quarry,Rockville Maryland,the mineral clubs do get a couple of times a year some of best garnets come from this quarry. They orange to red they are grossulars,plus other minerals.Jon
carole frith
Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
April 15, 2008 02:32AM
please help,
I need the directions to the creek in surry county that has been
mentioned in previous messages. I love looking for fossils but
have no clue where the creek is in surry va. or the name of the

Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
May 18, 2009 06:39PM
Why waste your time looking for Patuxent River Agate???It's nether agate nor dino bone just a scam pulled off by a want-a-be palentolgist on the citizens of Maryland!!!
It may be a question of when and not where. I collected a 3.85" tooth at the Calvert Cliffs State Park just after a storm. There is still a good amount of material in many of the sites. The question is when is it exposed for collecting?
avatar Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
June 22, 2009 12:43AM
Hunting Hill is one of our favorites (Hi Jon) but it is only accessible to clubs from what I know.
Another post on the mindat forums asked about collecting in Maryland, it is at


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/23/2009 10:51PM by Jessica and Robert Simonoff.
I have been to westmorland sp and it is not that great. You have to hike about a mile to get to the beach and when you get there it is tiny strip of beach about a block long (maybe slightly larger)everyone and their friends are there so the beach is very well picked through. If you travel 3 or 4 miles down the road to the Robert E Lee birth place, you will have better luck. You will have to pay something like $5per person to get into the park, but you won't have to hike, there is a pick nick area near the beach, it is larger and you have a much better chance of finding not just sharks teeth, but other fossils as well. I hope that helps out some! Happy hunting!
Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
July 16, 2011 08:50PM
I'd recommend joining one of the local clubs. Not sure where you are exactly in the area, but northern Virginia, DC and Montgomery County all have good clubs. Being a member is useful if you're interested in minerals - because the clubs arrange visits to local quarries that generally won't allow individual collectors. You'll also meet lots of people with local knowledge. I'm sure there's a club in Baltimore too, but not familiar with it. If your driving range is 2 hours, that will get you to lots of places. Amelia is a 2 hour drive from DC. You really have your pick - pretty much to the east of 95 is the coastal plain, plenty of fossil collecting opportunities and to the west of 95 (and just east in some areas) you have the Piedmont. Happy Hunting.
Re: James River/Surry VA
August 04, 2011 10:42PM
My husband and I are two old farts heading down to the OBX to live in a milllionnaire's house on the beach for a week (in off season so we can afford it.) Can you point us toward the shark tooth side you mention outside of Surry, VA? We'd love to find just one meg tooth before we kick the bucket. Thanks.

D & L

PS Visit the St Clair site in Schuylkill County, PA. the fern fossils (white on black) are so abundant you think it's a trick! I can give really good directions for the pullover spot along the old country road where you walk in to the site.
Re: James River/Surry VA
September 01, 2011 10:10PM
Am interested in finding at least one of these ferns...can you help with directions
Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
September 04, 2011 08:25PM
go to arundel mills blvd in handover ,md behind walmart you will find patuxent river stone laying on the surface of the ground
Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
July 15, 2012 09:32PM
Im an amateur at finding fossils however have become very interested while on a scouting trip when I took my den to Calvert Cliffs. We found a few tiny teeth and enjoyed the museum however after traveling to Sarasota and being introduced to mega teeth and places where you can find some numerous amounts of sharks teeth my sons and I would like to find some of the sites mentioned throughout the conversations and we also live near Baltimore and would love to join a fossil hunting club. We too would travel about 2 hours for a fossil/geode hunting trip. I've read many books on the subject but as someone mentioned joining a club may be the better way to go. I am asking anyone out there for assistance finding some local sites I can take my boys too which would prove to be very productive. We have some geodes but very small and would be interested in sites which may have those. I appreciate any guidance I receive in our pursuit to preserve the past. Thx Doc
avatar Re: Collecting sites around Maryland/Delaware
July 15, 2012 09:50PM
I would recommend contacting the North Virginia Mineral Club. They, or at least a good number of their field trips, are within your approximate 2 hour radius. There may be others closer to you, but the only ones I really know of specialize in minerals, not fossils. The NOVA club, while it specializes in minerals, does do some fossil collecting as well. Their web site is North Virginia Mineral Club .

The Delaware Mineral club, website , has historically done some fossil trips, but I am not sure if they have done any recently. They are a little far for me to travel.

In either case, contact the field trip organizers for these clubs. If there is interest, they will try to arrange something - they like to go out and explore as much as anyone.


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