Kentucky has abundant fossils. Some parts of the state have more fossils than others. We do not have published lists of fossil-collecting localities, but fossils are not generally hard to find where rock is exposed at the surface. You may want to contact the Kentucky Paleontological Society, or other rock and fossil collecting clubs. They sponsor collecting trips and are a good way to get started in the hobby. Kentucky’s geological quadrangle maps are also a useful source of information. Many of the maps contain information about fossils found in the units shown on the maps.

Always be safe when collecting fossils. Always be respectful of property rights when collecting fossils. The laws governing fossil collecting in Kentucky are the same as in most states. Learn more about fossil collecting regulations.

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Types of Kentucky fossils

Last Modified on 2023-01-05
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