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Lakeside Fossil Hunt with Geologist Ron Zurawski - Long Hunter SP #ALLOUT2017


Meeting Time: 2:00 PM
Meeting Place: Long Hunter park office
Hike Distance: Approximately 1 mile
Estimated Program & Hike Time: 2-3 hours
Difficulty: Easy 
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 ( and the new Tennessee Fossils website (

For more information about becoming a member of the Friends of Long Hunter State Park or to make a donation, go to

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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  • Kathy P.

    Thank you, Ron, for sharing your enthusiasm and expertise. Fun afternoon.

    January 29

  • William W.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thanks so much!

    January 29

  • Shannon

    Yes! Many thanks for organizing and to Ron for sharing his expertise. The fossils and lake were amazing!

    January 28

  • Jodi M.

    It was a great day! Thank you so much.

    January 28

  • Bill

    I'm not going to be able to attend this afternoon. Please consider doing an adult only excursion sometime. Thanks. Have fun everyone!

    January 28

  • Bobby

    Ugggh! Just got called to work late. Have fun everyone! Hope this event happens again soon!

    January 28

  • April Sheree Klein N.

    I and especially my son was looking forward to this event but I'm fighting a nasty cold so being out in the elements probably not a good idea 😔

    January 28

  • Jason A.

    For those of you attending on Saturday, there's also another big event happening at the park that day: REI's "All Out 2017" outdoor school. These free events will be at Couchville Lake from 10 a.m. until around 2. So in case any of you wanna make a day of it, here are the details:

    January 24

  • Lynda D.

    Darn, I have a conflict. Hope there will be another. Thank you.

    January 7

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