Devonian Fossil Gorge

Coralville, Iowa

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Wander over an ancient fossil bed, then hike up the hill for breathtaking views of the dam, park, and spillway. The flood of 1993 was record-breaking at the time, lasting for long weeks and swamping twenty-three million acres of farmland and urban areas. When the water finally retreated, something amazing was discovered. The twenty-eight-day flow of raging waters over the emergency spillway at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Coralville Lake had decimated the road and campground and washed away over 15 feet of sediments to expose the underlying rocky base.

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"Wander over an ancient fossil bed, then hike up the hill for breathtaking views of the dam, park, and spillway. The flood of 1993 was record-breaking at the time, lasting for long weeks and swamping twenty-three million acres of farmland and urban areas.

When the water finally retreated, something amazing was discovered. The twenty-eight-day flow of raging waters over the emergency spillway at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Coralville Lake had decimated the road and campground and washed away over 15 feet of sediments to expose the underlying rocky base."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Coralville
Distance: 1.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 40 minutes
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: USGS map: Iowa City West, Iowa
Driving Directions: Directions to Devonian Fossil Gorge

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May 2018