In 1966, an incredible find was made just three minutes from Montage | Rocky Hill. During an excavation for a state building, Edward McCarthy turned over a slab of stone with his bulldozer. That's when he spotted a large footprint with three toes. His surprising discovery was a 200-million-year-old dinosaur print. As more tracks were found, word quickly spread and within a few weeks, officials decided to preserve the site as a state park. Two years later, Dinosaur State Park officially opened to the public. It features more than five hundred tracks inside the Geodesic Dome, while the remaining 1,500 prints are buried for preservation.
According to the park's website, fossil tracks are classified and named independently from fossil animals. Those at the park were named Eubrontes by Edward Hitchcock, one of the country's first geologists. There is much to see and do at Dinosaur State Park including:
The Discovery Room - The Discovery Room is fun for all ages as it features hands-on activities, displays of Connecticut's rocks and minerals, and a large-screen interactive program that tells the story of the Connecticut River Valley.
Nature Trails - Open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday, the nature trails meander through two miles of scenic habitats such as the red maple swamp and forests filled with sugar maple and hickory.
Arboretum - The Arboretum surrounds the Exhibit Center and it showcases plants that have a direct link to those that existed during the Age of Dinosaurs. There are more than two hundred varieties and they include Monkey Puzzle Trees, Coral Beads, and Southern Magnolias.
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