Meeting Time: 2:00 PM
Meeting Place: Long Hunter park office
Hike Distance: Approximately 1 mile
Estimated Program & Hike Time: 2-3 hours
Hike Leader: State Geologist Ron Zurawski and Friends of Long Hunter members
Have you ever wandered around the lakeshore during winter when waters have been lowered in Percy Priest Lake? This is an excellent time to see the extra landscape that is now sunbathing.
During this program, we'll learn about what types of ancient creatures lived here and their place in the geologic timeline. Our program will be led by State Geologist and Director of the Tennessee Division of Geology, Ron Zurawski.
Zurawski will begin with a visual presentation inside the park office. He will teach us about what we hope to find outside, and also about the composite of the rocks the fossils are found in.
We'll then carpool down the road to Area 4 for the fossil hunt. We'll walk the Bluff Trail down to the lakeshore, where exposed landscape will be explored closer with the expertise of Zurawski.
This will be a relatively easy walk/exploration. Degree of difficulty: easy to moderate, depending on your level of comfort at the lake shoreline. Participants won't be required to rock hop.
A $5 donation is suggested and will be collected at the door. These donations benefit the non-profit Friends of Long Hunter State Park group who is presenting this particular program and also organizes many other park programs and events.
Wear appropriate shoes and clothing that is wind blocking to protect from the chilly lake breeze. Also consider bringing a hiking stick for balance over some rocky areas. And don't forget to bring water (or hot chocolate!).
If weather conditions are severe and the event must be postponed, we'll send out an announcement on this page and also on our Friends of Long Hunter State Park Facebook page.
Children are welcome. No pets, please.
For more detailed information on Tennessee fossils, check out the Fossil Hunting in Nashville brochure (https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/environment/attachments/geology_fossil-hunt-nashville.pdf) and the new Tennessee Fossils website (http://tennesseefossils.com/index.php)
For more information about becoming a member of the Friends of Long Hunter State Park or to make a donation, go to http://www.friendsoflonghunter.com/
Directions to Long Hunter park office:
Enter Long Hunter State Park at the main park entrance (2910 Hobson Pike) and take the first right, which is the park office.
For further directions or park information, call the park office at[masked]-2422.
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