We seem to get several new members from the Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) area of Texas. We of course welcome y'all and want to see each of you succeed in your pursuits.
One of the common questions I've noticed is "...where are some hunting spots around the Metroplex?" Being a newbie myself, I know getting started and learning how to investigate and find new spots can be one of the hardest endeavors.
So, I thought I would try to put together a "simple map" of the DFW Metroplex area with some of the commonly known areas, or at least some common sites I'm familiar with. By no means have I intended this map to be all inclusive of commonly known areas, nor have I intended to identify "secret spots".
Most of the sites I'm familiar with are on the western side of the Metroplex because I live in the western portion. Therefore, I spend most of my time in this area. I'm not very familiar with areas in the eastern portion of the Metroplex.
I intend this map to be an on-going work in progress. If you know some common sites, particularly on the east side of the Metroplex, let me know and I'll try to update this map as I learn more sites. I have no intention of posting "secret sites", only those that seem to be common knowledge and can already be found by doing some internet searches for fossils in the DFW area.
These images from Google Earth are dated 6/12/2011 and 8/2/2012, so conditions may have changed since these images were made. Therefore, some areas may now be fenced off or access may be limited. Also, some of these areas are/were very easy to access, while others require a bit of effort (creek beds, etc.). Keep in mind that you should never cross fences without permission and that any situation can become a dangerous one. Please use all necessary common sense and caution anytime you're exploring.
The first image is a Google Earth image of the DFW Metroplex area. The common sites I've identified so far are posted with a letter ("A"-"F"). Below the map is a brief description of the location and the formation (according to the Google Earth USGS overlay).
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A - A construction site on the north side of I-820, just east of the Lake Worth Bridge. Google Earth identifies this as a combination of Kiamichi Formation (Kki) and Goodland Limestone/Walnut Clay (undivided) (Kgw)
B - Inspiration Point - a look-out point overlooking Lake Worth and NASFWJRB - Carswell. You can hike down the bluffs (there are several trails) and hike to the spillway of Lake Worth. Google Earth identifies this as Kiamichi Formation (Kki), however, danwoehr has updated this to probable Goodland formation.
C - Intersection of Riverside Drive and Lancaster. Google Earth identifies this as Ft. Worth Limestone/Duck Creek Formations (undivided) (Kfd). The outcrops are on both the east and west side of Riverside Drive.
The fence shown in the Lancaster-Riverside West Street View image is currently not there (as of May, 2013).
D - Benbrook Spillway. Google Earth identifies this as Grayson / Mainstreet (Kgm), however, danwoehr has updated this to probable Goodland formation.
E - A small roadcut on Highway 10 - east of the Bell Helicopter plant. Google Earth identifies this as Grayson / Mainstreet (Kgm). This roadcut is on the north side of Hwy 10. There are possibly some other outcrops on the south side of Hwy 10, just across the street, at the base of some electric line towers.
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F - Creek at the south entrance to DFW airport. Google Earth identifies this as Eagle Ford (Kef). You'll need to be careful in this creek because some of it becomes property of DFW airport and they don't take kindly to intruders.
As I've said, this should be used only as a guide to help new members get started. There is no substitute to doing your own research and exploration. There is no greater satisfaction than performing your own research, investigation and exploration and coming up with your own secret spot that produces fossils that you admire.
Edited by sward, 06 May 2013 - 08:01 AM.