Silver Mine Swatara State Park, Lebanon County
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    Dec 2003
    Western Schuylkill County, Pa.
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    Silver Mine Swatara State Park, Lebanon County

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    Jul 2014
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    Hi Jeff, did you ever crawl down in the mine? I can't believe how many times I've passed this opening and didn't notice it. I just found it today. It's the first time I've been on this stretch since the road was closed.

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    Dec 2003
    Western Schuylkill County, Pa.
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    a bit too dangerous imo

    the water level may be just out of site also
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Jul 07, 2014 at 12:42 PM.

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    Jan 2011
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    I'm at Indiantown Gap everyday. Can you please give me the easiest way to find this? What is the closest access point? Thanx.

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    Jul 2014
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    Go to the light at Lickdale, take 72 north (about a mile), go right on Monroe valley Drive, after about another mile go left on Old State Rd. Go about another mile, the mine will be on right (you can see from your car) in the vicinity of the I-81 over-pass.

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    Jul 2014
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    Oh yea,,, make sure you take a snorkel, a rope to tie to your feet, and a buddy to pull on the rope in case you get into trouble. Plan on getting real wet & dirty.

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    Jan 2011
    Oley, Berks County, Pa
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    I wasn't planning on going in the mine. i would love to check out the area around it though. While we're talking that area, my daughter heard about fossils at Swatara State Park. Is that worth a visit or is the fossil site "extinct"? And again, where would I find that? Thanx!

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    Jul 2014
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    Here is a link to Pa DCNR map page for the park, it's a pdf file. The fossil site is marked, it's not a long walk from the Swopes Valley Trail Head. Have fun.
    PA*DCNR*-*Swatara State Park

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    May 2008
    Hegins, PA
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    Just note. When you are driving south on I-81 directly on the south side of the bridge that crosses Swatara Creek you'll see fine reddish dirt coming down the side of the hill on the right. I remember a dozen years ago someone said that was loaded with fossils but you are not allowed to stop or park there. Never did check it out.

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    Dec 2003
    Western Schuylkill County, Pa.
    2 MINELAB EXPLORER SE PRO's .......3 Garrett Pro Pointers…… Sovereign XS-2 Pro ....... 2 Sovereign GT's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Rerntern View Post
    Just note. When you are driving south on I-81 directly on the south side of the bridge that crosses Swatara Creek you'll see fine reddish dirt coming down the side of the hill on the right. I remember a dozen years ago someone said that was loaded with fossils but you are not allowed to stop or park there. Never did check it out.
    Yes People used to Fossil hunt under the Bridge along 72 when they first put 81 in.
    Every so often I would see a few Fossil hunters there.
    not any more.

    Last ones I saw were on the State Park side about 4 Years ago ?

 

 

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