Penn Dixie — a global geological treasure — is ranked as the #1 fossil park in the U.S. in a 2011 scientific study. In 2018, Penn Dixie claimed the Guinness World Records™ title for the World’s Largest Fossil Dig. Thanks to 905 fossil diggers who participated, Penn Dixie is now the inaugural record holder for this category! We are also tremendously proud for Penn Dixie to be honored as one of the first members of New York State’s new geological trail. We are thankful to be recognized as an economic, scientific, cultural, and conservation gem.

Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve is a 54-acre park located the site of a former cement quarry in Hamburg, NY. Our visitors can collect and keep Devonian Period fossils including trilobites, brachiopods, crinoids, and more! Ready to dig? Check our Hours & Rates. What to bring? Read our Frequent Questions.


Major funding is provided by Erie County, the Town of Hamburg, and our community supporters. Program proceeds — including tax-deductible donations — support the conservation of our site, upkeep of facilities, and educational staffing.

Penn Dixie is operated by the Hamburg Natural History Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to promote the hands on study of natural sciences. Got questions? Contact us here.