The Goodsell Ridge Preserve has a visitor's center that's supposed to be nice but it wasn't open when we were there. You can, however, park and walk around the property which is studded with low outcrops of limestone.
Some dork walking around staring at rocks
Some of the limestone shows interesting dissolution features along the fractures.
Far more interesting, however, are the ubiquitous fossils studding the rock.
Marine gastropods (snails) - Maclurites
Yet another (can never have too many snail fossils!)
Squid-like cephalopod shells
Swirly fossil of a stromatoporoid (type of calcareous sponge)
It's hard to show in pictures, but when examined closely, the limestone was simply full of fossil fragments (much of it difficult to identify).
We next went to the Fisk Quarry Preserve, a short drive away, and walked around this wonderful abandoned limestone quarry (most old quarries like this are posted, it's nice to see one open for people to explore). This is the oldest quarry in Vermont, dating back to 1803. Polished limestone from this area (incorrectly called marble) can be found in such locations as the Brooklyn Bridge, Radio City Music Hall, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier.
Fisk Quarry from one angle
Fisk Quarry from a different angle
Yet another view
As you can see, my family was overjoyed to be here.
See how excited they are to search for fossils on a Sunday morning!
They later amused themselves by staring at a duckweed covered pit of water and all was well.
Wonder what evil lurks beneath?
The floor of the quarry, where it wasn't flooded, also exhibited a lot of neat fossils.
Another gastropod (snail)
A squid-like cephalopod shell
Pelmatozoan columnal - a stalked echinoderm, sometimes called sea lilies
Shells at far left and right - brachipods or perhaps bivalves, not sure
Not sure. Radial symmetry seems to indicate a coral or sponge perhaps?
The most impressive fossils, however, are the large stromatoporoid (calcareous sponge reef former) fossils in the walls of the limestone quarry.
My daughter sitting on a stromatoporoid mound.
See those white mounds in the cliff face? Those are all stromatoporoids
Some fossils warranted closer inspection.
But there's a fossil half-way down the cliff!
From my wife's perspective on the other side of the quarry
Seriously, the quarry is well worth a visit if you're ever in the area. It also tells a neat story of an ancient subtropical reef system in what's now upstate New York and Vermont.