Rocks and Minerals Found in Local Parking Lots
Note: Please respect private property. Parking lots are also private property. I recommend obtaining permission before removing anything, including rocks, from a parking lot.
Many of you know that it was my kids that got me into rockhounding. Sure, I’ve always had a thing for collecting cool rocks and what not, but it wasn’t until I started spending time out in the gravel driveway with my kids that my interest really picked back up.
Like many of you’ve done with your kids, we spent a lot of time walking up and down the driveway looking for new treasures. And we found some pretty cool specimens on those “parking lot” trips; agates, jasper, quartz crystals, petrified wood, fossils…all kinds of stuff.
Those were good times!
Just the other day, I had to run to Target with my daughter to pick something up for a school project. And as we were walking across the parking lot, when something caught my eye.
It was a small fossil. About the size of a dime. It was mixed in with other gravel in those median type things that have trees and shrubbery growing in them.
Not the most epic find ever made, but still…the fact that I found it in a Target parking lot was pretty cool. At least we thought so!
Since then, I’ve been keeping my eyes out when walking past those sections of parking lots. And we’ve found some other interesting things. Sure, we might look goofy scanning the gravel of a parking lot, but it I just think it’s really cool.
The truth is, many people walk by stones that would normally be a significant find and have absolutely no idea what they’re literally stepping over…parking lots and driveways are no exception!
One of the things I like to do is scroll through the Rockhounding subreddit. It’s a great place to check out if you haven’t done so already.
While looking through there, I found that there’s a lot of people finding rocks and minerals, and even arrowheads, in parking lots!
So I just compiled some of the more popular ones I came across and am sharing them here with you. I thought you might enjoy taking a look at them as well!
All of the below images are from r/rockhounds on reddit.