Ancient Carboniferous Fossil Trees


This is the oldest known fossil bed of mountain trees that produced seeds more than 305 million years ago. Newfoundland was part of a much larger continental mass and was much further south than today, so the trees grew in a tropical climate and towered to over 160 feet. It is believed that these fossils are rare and represent the first trees that grew on slopes – a major event regarding the evolution of trees in the world. Protected by the Provincial Historic Resource Act.

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Hansen Highway at Fossil Forest Footpath Trail Sign , Stephenville
48.5628, -58.5814 (Download GPX)
Apr 1 - Nov 30
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