You probably are no where near this, but there is a place in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania where you can pull off the road and shift through the rubble of the eroding cliff side and EVERY piece of rock has Devonian era fish or plant fossils in it. I have fresh water shark teeth that I found literally on the side of the road. They've even found new species there.
gosh, you’re right in guessing it’s not in the area for me, but it sounds fantastic! i want to try to seek out some of those kinds of places when i have more of an opportunity to, they seem like they’d be a lot of fun