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Mary
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Hey yall! Our family of 5 and the dog are leaving for a rock houndin road trip this week and we habe no idea where to go...we are from the quad cities and have made several trips to the Warsaw formation and have come out extremely well...we were looking at Indians Kentucky Missouri and possibly Arkansas. We have 4 days to kick around...can someone please help us with some destinations!
Here's a few pics of our collection so far! ROCKlife!!
Bob Harman
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Mary, It might have helped if you had given a bit more info about your group.
          Do you wan't to really focus on 1 or 2 sites primarily for geodes? Crystals? or Fossils? 
          How old you all are and are there any younger kids?
          Do any of you have any limitations or are you all willing to do heavy work/long hikes etc?
          Are you willing to spend $$$ to go to fee for digging sites?    ETC ETC ETC
         
 Anyway, I probably won't be of much help, but I will point out a few ideas.
          I general, I hope you have already looked thru this website as there are many threads mentioning sites in all the states that you mentioned in your initial post.  If not, please look thru the pertinent threads where you might get some specific ideas.
          Also, in general, googling the mentioned sites and my thoughts given below should bring up websites that will be of interest to you.

          For Iowa, Missouri and Illinois, there are several fee for digging geode mine sites and related rock shops in the Keokuk geode areas. Sheffler's new mine comes up as does Jacob's geode mine and Woodie's fabulous geode mine  and shop in St. Francisville (Il or MO ??). Visiting those, the owners and other visitors might give you more local sites to visit.
          For Arkansas, there are many fee for digging quartz mine sites and shops, so google those for the locations, fees, hours etc. Again visitors and employees might help with additional local sites.
          For southern Indiana, not much at present. No open quarries or fee for digging sites that I know of. The lakes and stream beds are "iffy" at present as we are back into a rainy spell with rising water levels and many bugs and ticks coming out. Road cuts have now largely been cleaned up of fallen rock.
          For Kentucky, I am not sure, but would not be surprised if the situation is similar to Indiana. Rainy time with high water levels (?), bugs and no (?) fee for digging sites. 

So there you have it; not too much help, but maybe focusing the ideas might point your way. BOB
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