There are million-year-old dinosaur tracks in Virginia—and you can visit them

Evie M.
Luckstone Quarry.Photo byJpgola on Wikimedia Commons

Okay, I honestly didn't think I could be this shook by Virginia, but you've got me beat, Virginia. You have got me beat. I never thought I would ever hear the words "Virginia" and "dinosaur tracks" in the same sentence, but I have now and we cannot go back because it is too cool.

I have only just moved back from Virginia after a stint in Florida, and I thought my home state and Florida had Virginia beat, but this just popped open a whole new bucket of something, and they're not worms. Our story begins in the Luckstone Quarry, which, honestly, looks like something out of Land Before Time. No wonder they found what they found. First, though, let's talk about Luckstone Quarry.

Luck Stone Quarry is a large quarry operated by Luck Stone Corporation, a privately held family-owned company that produces crushed stone, sand, and gravel for use in the construction industry. The quarry is located in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, which is about 20 miles west of Richmond.

The quarry has been in operation since 1930 and is one of the largest producers of crushed stone in the United States. The quarry covers over 1,000 acres and has multiple sites where stone is extracted and processed. The stone is used for a variety of construction projects, including roads, buildings, and landscaping.

In recent years, Luck Stone has placed an emphasis on sustainability and environmental stewardship in their operations. The company has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce their environmental impact, such as using recycled materials in their products, reducing water usage, and reclaiming land for wildlife habitats.

Additionally, the Luck Stone Quarry, once known as the "Culpepper Stone Company Quarry" has "thousands of millennia-old dinosaur tracks imprinted in its basin". Known as the "Culpepper Dinosaurs", these are a set of fossilized tracks from the early Jurassic period, approximately 200 million years ago. The tracks were made by small, two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods, and they are believed to be some of the earliest known dinosaur tracks in the eastern United States. The tracks were discovered in 1989 during excavation work for a new housing development in Culpeper, Virginia, and are a significant paleontological discovery for the region.

Luck Stone Quarry is not open to the public, as it is an active industrial site. However, the Luck Stone Corporation does offer tours of some of its quarries and facilities for educational and research purposes.

Known as the "Dino Walk" and held by the Culpeper Museum,which is completely dedicated the the incredible work of Culpeper from the "Triassic period to present day Culpepper".

it costs about $35 a vehicle and you can prearrange hourly slots. It sounds like a truly incredible experience for everyone, too, and is certainly getting added to my "must do" list. I love when I learn new things, and it's about dinosaurs, so major score there. If you're also interested in the Culpeper museum, it's located in the historic downtown area of Culpeper, Virginia. It features exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of the town's rich history, from its founding in the 18th century to the present day. The museum also hosts special events and educational programs throughout the year.

Have you ever been? Let me know in the comments!

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