Make your fossil hunting experience great:
Tools are prohibited. The shale is soft enough to break with your bare hands, so please leave hammers, picks, shovels and similar items at home.
Bring a brush to help clean your fossils and a container to transport your treasures home. We recommend an egg carton for smaller children, or a milk jug with the top removed and handle intact.
Fossil hunting is allowed in designated areas only. Please do not cross the fence along the perimeter of the quarry.
The fossil pit is an open area without trees or shade. If you will be visiting on a sunny day, plan ahead by bringing a hat, sunscreen and water.
Make a day of it! Fossil Park also features a trail that is perfect for walking, running and biking.
Fossil Park at a Glance
Park Hours (Parking Lot & Bathrooms)
8:00am – 90 minutes before sunset
Fossil Digging Quarry: Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday by Reservation. Click HERE to view how to book a reservation.
Pets are not allowed in the fossil pit, but they are allowed in the parking lot and on the trail that circles the pit. All pets must be on a leash.
5705 Centennial Road, Sylvania, Ohio
Click here for directions.
Parking, admission, and fossil hunting are free!
Fossil Park has restroom facilities. Although there is no food service located at the park, Mayberry Square is directly across the street and offers a variety of restaurants.
Quarry Ridge Trail Map (Fossil Park to Sylvan Prairie Park)
Awards & Recognition
The Ohio Park & Recreation Association named Fossil Park one of the two best new parks in Ohio in 2001 and one of the State’s best six projects that same year.
Book a Birthday Party this Summer!
Postponed due to Covid-19. More details coming in 2021.