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Goodsell Ridge Preserve

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Address: Isle La Motte, VT
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Isle La Motte is the northernmost of the Champlain Islands. It is a sleepy place cherished by fisherman, boaters, bicyclists and those who enjoy getting away from it all. The... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
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Isle La Motte, Vermont
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Isle La Motte, Vermont
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Isle La Motte is the northernmost of the Champlain Islands. It is a sleepy place cherished by fisherman, boaters, bicyclists and those who enjoy getting away from it all. The Goodsell Ridge Preserve is an exposed portion of one of the oldest fossilized coral reefs in the world. No dinosaur prints or bones here but an interesting look what Champlain... More 

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

About 45 min to an hour north of the Burlington VT area is a 480 million year old fossil reef. The history of the area and the fossils were interesting. My children were less interested in reading the explanatory posters and more interested in running hither and yon looking for fossils. Gastropods, cephalopods, stromatoporoids and more. Great outdoor activity when... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

wow, it is amazing to find out that that an internationally recognized well preserved 480 million old fossil reef is visible in NW Vermont. The easy hiking trails are well marked and the scenery is rolling native trees and grasses. I was pleased to see the Preserve has been designated a Monarch Butterfly waystation. The walk through time is very... More 

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Oakton, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

You have to find the fossils yourself, but there are posters along the trails discussing ancient evolution and how the fossils came to be. Walking is easy, over grass and flat rock that house th fossils.

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Thank Cathy H
Isle La Motte, Vermont
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

Come visit the oldest coral reef in the world. Just look down and you'll see all sorts of fossils in the rocks. There are a number of walks through the property and all are easy. Visit the newly restored barn and the tiny museum for a short video and explanation of what took place millions of years ago.

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Thank Susan G
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

We went to Isle la motte for a bike ride and stopped in this preserve and were very glad we did. It is very interesting. Currently HP has an exhibit "a trip through time" which has a lot of information. The folks in the visitor center are very friendly and knowledgable. If you are on the island it is worth... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 10 July 2015

I stumbled on the placards mounted through a meadow of wildflowers and adjacent woods and was blown away by the information, photos, and wonderful writing. So much fun for learners at any level.

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Missoula, Montana
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Reviewed 2 September 2014

The preserve holds a few trails around the area, with basic timelines and history of the world signs guiding the way. The best part of the preserve is the fossils- but be prepared. You'll find a lot of swirly gastropod fossils, and that's about it. Watch out for rattle snakes.

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Thank csquared2014
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2014

This site is a marvelous trip through history from several million years ago up to present day. There is a mile long walk through a field and woodlands with hundreds of rock formations which contain fossils from an ancient sea that once covered the area. You will learn about the formation of the planet and the evolution of its plant... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Just across the road from the Isle La Motte historical society, the Goodsell Preserve is even older, actually very, very, very old. A peaceful spot to wander around on the trails and wonder at the fossils established long before our ancestors. An interesting outing with kids and the flora is lovely in summer.

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