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Devonian Fossil Gorge
Ranked #3 of 33 things to do in Iowa City
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

Quick stop to check out something you wouldn't expect to be in Iowa. The free mobile tour was a great touch!

1  Thank Michelle M
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Interesting place by the Coralville Lake where we an hour searching for fossils. Found plenty and got a nice pause before going on to the lake MacBride park.

1  Thank Staffan_SWE
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

The kiddos will love looking at the fossils that are in the rocks. The area isn’t huge, but it’s a good way to spend 45 minutes or so just walking around. Connected to Coralville Lake, so fishing and trails are also available.

2  Thank ThatOneIowaGuy
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed this place for a couple of hours. It definitely wasn’t what we thought it was but the little scavenger hunt kept our attention.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

The gorge is easy to find, ample parking, a short walks, and well worth a stop not far from I-80. Carry an extra bottle of water to wet rocks making the fossils clearly visible. Spectacular corals and bivalve mollusks. The bryozoan are quite rare in this state of preservation. These are filter feeding reef animals that look like underwater plants. Their stems/arms are made if stacked flat disks holding up lacy frond-like filtering organs.

1  Thank Mike B
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