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Arthur Salomon
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Hello everyone I was wonder if you guys can help me one more time. I do have 3 days off next week and I would like to spend it of course doing rockhounding. Do you know any location where I can find geodes in the near states. I do not mind drive for hours, but to be honest no exceeding 5 hours.
Thanks again to everyone.
Bob Harman
 #2 
ARTHUR, I just now answered your question on the Mindat website, but will answer it here as well. 
There are no geodes found in the East as the geology is not right either for Midwest sedimentary type geodes or Western type igneous geodes (also called "thunder-eggs"). The closest sites to Maryland, where you state you live, would be Central Kentucky, South of Louisville, South-central Tennessee SE of  Nashville, and South-central Indiana South of Bloomington.
In these sedimentary sites, with diligent searching, COLLECTIBLE geodes might RELIABLY be found.     BOB
Bob Harman
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For all those folks wanting to collect geodes and looking at this thread, several years ago I posted a map of the US with many of the geodes sites. This map can be found on the http://www.mindat.org   website.   From the website home page go to the "Midwest USA Sedimentary Geodes" thread. The map posting was on March 13, 2013. On my screens, it is at the very bottom of page 2 on that thread. 

Reviewing it today, it needs several tweaks. In general, as I originally stated, I do not profess that map is 100% accurate or 100% complete, but it does show sites where collectible geodes can be found. Just as importantly, it also shows where no geodes will be found and do not occur.  
The red dot in Ohio, near Cincinnati, probably should be removed as it was only an anecdotal report and since 2013, I have never seen any examples from that site. The red dot in Michigan should be moved to the "thumb" of that state as the quarry with the geodes occur is in Bayport Michigan which is in the "thumb" area. Also, I might shrink the whole Keokuk area a bit as it is a bit too expansive on the map.    The Florida site is of agatized Tampa Bay coral and not really a geode. Also note that no collectible geodes are reliably found in or East of the Appalachian mountains anywhere in the East.

Hope this is of some help to geode collectors.     BOB
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