This goes out to anyone who can be of assistance with collecting areas (Quarries, Mines, Digs)in the Mammoth Cave National Park area. I have only recently started the hobby mostly checking off sites in a mineral book on North Carolina. I plan to incorporate rock hounding into this next vacation and I'm hoping for some more beginners luck. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks,
Krystal with a K
What are you looking for? You should contact the folks at Kyana, the local rockhound club here in louisville, Check the contacts sites here and on bob's rock shop list of clubs. Contact me diresctly and tell me which way you are coming from and I might be able to provide some good fossils sites. I65 has many many road cuts, look for the ones with the most wasting or erosion and you might get lucky. I do suggest you check out big Mikes rock shop as you go into the Park area. Its advertised as the biggest rock shop in the world. Its got lots of pricey tourist stuff the people there are a real hoot. Take the mystery tour, its great and try an ale 81, its kentuckys own sode-pop. I do sugest that if you hit road cuts on I65 pull as far off the road as you can, put two wheels in the grass if you can. The State patrol is concerned with safety, if you stay out of the way they will just blow bye. Once in the area of the park you will see lots of locals selling geodes, they are fairly priced as far as I am concerned, just know this, any local stream you can access will have geodes in the gravel bars. Welcome to Kentucky, oh if its warm prepare for ticks.
Thanks Mark, Were having so much fun, were collecting just about everything. What dosen't end up in the creek keeps us building more shelves. This is not your everyday collection of nicknacks and the directions this hobby can lead you are starting to seem endless. I'll do a search on the clubs you mentioned and thanks for the tips on road cuts. I don't know, just for some reason the idea of road cuts seems too easy. You just pull over and there it is? Well thanks for your help again, I'll let you know how we do. Krystal
I guess someone should mention there's no collecting allowed inside national park boundaries.
There is no hunting in the state parks as well. I am not familiar with the route you are taking. I can tell you this, the roadcuts in the inner bluegrass are ordovician and like shooting fish in the barrel. The route you are taking is almost completely in mississippian age rock, the lower limestones are karst and fossils are sparse. The road cuts above that you will drivethrough have members thin mostly but loaded with crinoids blastoids and brachiopods. The state roads around freanchburg are loaded with nada member crinoids, I64 around moorehead has great exposures of the noids as well. some of the I64 cuts have nice vugs loaded with crystals, if is rainy the wet vugs are bright enough to see from the window of a passing car. yellowish and white, the noids are easier to see when they are wet. Good luck, the staion post in frenchburg has redneck food to die for. Your route may have many of the same fossils.
Vacations, crinoids and shooting fish in barrol. Try this, get a small group together, rent a house boat on Dale Hollow Lake, on the boarder of Tennessee and Kentucky. When your not cleaning fish you can be shoveling up crinoids off the shore. Do use a shovel its much faster than picking them up by hand.
I have heard some wild stories from friend that have gone down there to hunt with the dam repairs lowering the shore line. I have seen the crinoid slabs, quite nice, but the artifacts that I have seen are unbelievable!!I believe Dale Hallow still hlods the world record for smallmouth Bass. The lake above Frenchburg Cave Run lake has great pike fishing, and crinoids as well. the nada member produces killer crinoids, small ussaly butt great detial. Kentucky is blessed with many natural treasures. The only thing I have that comes closes is Summit county colorado. Tailing piles that will blow your mind!! Rhodocrosite found in my Brothers backyard!
I'm following what you all have to share about fossils/geode collecting in the area. I am a high school geology teacher taking my students down to Mammoth on a camping trip this April. I would like to let them stop and do some fossil/geode collecting as well. They are new to all of this but very excited! As I am from Toledo,OH I am not familiar with the area and any tips would help make this a better geology trip for them. Thank you!