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Fossil hunting Edisto Beach
Fossil Kayaking Adventure
Fossil hunting Folly Beach
Charleston fossil hunting

Charleston Fossil Adventures, LLC




For six years now, Ashby Gale and Charleston Fossil Adventures, LLC have become Charleston's trusted source for legal, commercial paleontology in the Lowcountry. 


Our fossil hunting tours guarantee a safe experience for all ages and abilities, providing unparalleled education about South Carolina's vast prehistory. 


Treasures found by our clients range from first records of species known from the Atlantic coast, to an individual's first shark tooth ever collected, to the wonder and respect shown to our state's natural resources by Ashby and his tours.

We invite you to come on out and unearth these natural treasures with us, as you discover PRE-Historic Charleston!


3X Voted BEST Tour Guide and Outdoor Activity in Charleston!


Charleston Fossil Adventures, LLC and its participants are proud to be in compliance with all state laws regarding the legal collection of fossils and artifacts in South Carolina. Since its inception in 2016, CFA remains in good standing with the Maritime Research Division under the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. LEARN MORE.

About Us


Folly Beach Adventure

$75/person - Book now!

Our most accessible tour, the FBA is best for being introduced to the world of fossils and finding your first shark tooth!

B.Y.O.B. Island Adventure

 $100/hour - Call to book!

Have a boat? Or private land? Hire Ashby as a guide for as many hours as you'd like to hunt at your fossil site or ours.

This is THE VIP experience in our 2022 lineup!

Fossil Kayaking Adventures

Starting at $149 - Book now!

Grab your paddles and get ready to hit the water as we kayak to fossil sites for some megatooth, megalodon, mako mania!

Edisto Beach Adventure

Starting at $84 - Book now!

For those interested in fossils other than shark teeth, then Edisto is for you. Numerous fossils from the last Ice Age are abundant!

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Identification Adventure

Starting at $300 - Book now!

Pull out your fossil collection and let Ashby identify your finds. Come take advantage of this private experience and find out what treasures are hidden in your fossil collection!

Shark Tooth Sand

Starting at $29.99 - Buy now!

If you enjoyed your tour, (or to increase excitement about an upcoming trip) search through this fossil-rich gravel shipped straight to your door!

Identify fossils from your purchase here.

Our Services

What can I expect on my trip?!

SUBSCRIBE to Charleston Fossil Adventures on YouTube for more great fossil content! The best part about this subscription? It's 100% FREE!


Ashby Gale


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Trust a published paleontologist to identify your fossil treasures!

Ashby Gale is the owner and primary tour guide for Charleston Fossil Adventures, LLC. Prior to founding CFA, Ashby served as the Interpretive Park Ranger at Edisto Beach State Park where he curated their fossil collection for three years.


From 2014-2020, Ashby worked with his parents on publishing 
A Beachcomber's Guide to Fossils (University of Georgia Press), a full-color field guide with over 1200 photographs of common beach fossils found from Texas to Florida, and north to New Jersey. 

Ashby has presented on his research both regionally and internationally at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Geological Society of America, and Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology conferences.

Ashby is currently the president of the Palmetto Paleontological Society.

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box club!

Join the many people already enjoying our monthly subscription box service: Shark Tooth Club Monthly.

Receive a curated box of fossils each month, collected by Ashby Gale and CFA staff members.

These boxes are the perfect gift for children, grandchildren, and adults, too!

Success Stories


"Ashby's passion and knowledge of fossils and the environment is contagious!"

"We give Ashby an A+!! We really enjoyed the time he spent teaching us about fossils. Ashby's love for his job shows in his enthusiasm for teaching others. We appreciate all the time he spent with us! Thank you!"

Patty & Bruce

Carthage, MO

"I've collected fossils for years, but have been unable to identify a big majority of them - that was, until I met Ashby. He has gone out of his way to help me learn traits of fossils. His knowledge blows me away!"


Laurens, SC

"Our family is hooked on shark tooth hunting!! We went on the Folly Beach Adventure and learned about the formation of the unique fossils on the coast, and how to identify ALL of the shark teeth and amazing sea creatures. Ashby's passion and knowledge of fossils and the environment is contagious!"


Goose Creek, SC

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Daily:  8:00 AM – Dusk


Daily: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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