Are you ready for an adventure like no other? Get your buckets and shovels ready because we're heading to Post Oak Creek, a hidden gem for fossil hunting enthusiasts! Nestled in the heart of Texas, this creek is a treasure trove of ancient wonders waiting to be discovered. As you make your way to the creek, you'll be greeted by the breathtaking beauty of nature. Just kidding, it is mainly mosquitoes, overgrown weeds, and trash. No one ever said this was going to be a gorgeous trip to the beach, we are on a mission here people.
Post Oak Creek starts in southern Sherman from the Choctaw Creek and runs North West for about 9.5 miles ending near Gilbert Lake. There are many ways to get down to the creek itself, one of the most popular being the bridge on South Travis Street. Currently there is road work being done but shouldn’t stop you from getting down to the creek. For a gps location I always use Danny’s Paint & Body Shop. These fine gentlemen have let me park here several times with a call in advance. The second location I have used gets a bit dicier. Going North on Elk Street from FM-1417 you will run across some train tracks and a nice bridge looking to your right. I park along the edge of the tracks and make my way down.
Cool, now that we are there, what can you expect? Well, like I said, this fossil hunt isn’t meant to be glamorous. With your eyes peeled and your senses heightened, ignore the bits of trash and start exploring the creek's rocky beds and sandy banks. Every scoop of sand and every turn of a rock holds the possibility of uncovering a piece of the past. Fossilized shark teeth, ancient seashells, and even the occasional dinosaur bone have been found in this hidden treasure trove. I have found fossils so small I need tweezers to pick them up yet shark teeth so big I thought I won the lottery, it is all out there.