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Hey all! Other than fossil hunting backpacking is my biggest hobby. I want to combine the two but am having a hard time finding a good hike with at least 2 locations to stop and dig around. I was looking at some trails in north carolina but I know most places within walking distance of the trails are a no go on collecting. Im looking for something between 20-30 miles, not a big deal if it's smaller. Anywhere within the eastern United States would be ideal. Here's some photos from my favorite hikes last year. Not big ones just a couple 3-5 miles in michigan and Ohio and one 22 miler
I found a large carboniferous sandstone boulder in a hard to access reclaimed coal mine area. The boulder is buried so that only the top is exposed. Part of the top bedding planes are gone, revealing very nice lycopod rootlets lined up like airliners at a busy terminal. I suspect the main root is in there too, waiting for careful prep work at home. The only way to collect it is to split off as large of a slab as I can handle, and pack it out on my back. Fortunately the specific spot is level and stable and I can lash anything to a pack frame securely. I'm posting to ask for advice on