You can launch your own boat, or rent one very inexpensively: the canoes and kayaks are just $5 an hour.
From the dock, head out to the open water, turn right and look for an opening that passes beneath a bridge. From here, follow the left shore closely, turn into an inlet, and scour the banks and shallows.
You’re actually following an ancient ridge called the Yorktown Formation. Look along the base and you’ll begin to see dozens and dozens of
These huge scallop shells, as big as a man’s hand, are actually fossils, more than four million years old when much of the Virginia Piedmont was a vast inland sea. You’ll see them layered in the banks, and strewn about on the lake bottom.
These fossils have been noted in the earliest annals of American history.
For a fun place to stay nearby, check out the Great Wolf Lodge and its huge indoor-outdoor water park.