The Lightning Site

The Dry Dig at Lightning Site

The Dry Digs are a proud trademark of Palmetto Fossil Excursions and are designed to make you feel like a true field paleontologist, find colorful fossils, and maybe – find that big Megalodon you’ve been looking for! During a dry dig, your guide will walk you through the process and work along side you for the duration of your tour to teach you everything that they know about finding fossils within ancient gravel deposits. 

The Lightning Site offers an array of different formations ranging from the Pleistocene to the Oligocene with an abundance of Mega-toothed shark species!! The formations present at the Lightning Site include:

* Ladson Formation – AKA Meg Layer

* Chandler Bridge Formation (Oligocene) – Invertebrate and Vertebrate Fossils

* Daytime and Nighttime access so we can cater to your schedule or wants!


Excursion Costs

Due to limited land space, this site has its own special pricing. All of the Lightning Site excursions are 6 hours.

Adults – $550 each

Teens – $250 each

For combination package that includes a 6 hr dry dig at the Lightning Site and a 2 hour sifting island at the 100 acre pit, see the Nitty Gritty.

Things You Need to Know

What We Supply

  • Shovels
  • Sifting Tables
  • Wagons
  • Buckets
  • Pressurized Water Source
  • Screw-drivers/Chisels

What You Should Bring

  • Bug Spray
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Containers for finds
  • Change of clothes/shoes
  • Gloves
  • Towel