Geological Field Trip to the Hot Springs Area – May 14

Geological Field Trip to the Hot Springs Area
Madison County, North Carolina
Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 9 a.m. to ~5 p.m.

Field Trip Leader: Bart Cattanach, North Carolina Geological Survey

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022

Time: 9 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m.

Details: Four stops in the morning, lunch at The Grey Eagle Taqueria inside Big Pillow Brewing, and two or three stops in the afternoon along the French Broad River in Hot Springs (i.e., walk from the brewery), followed by refreshments at the brewery.

Location: Starts and ends in the parking lot at Big Pillow Brewing, 25 Andrews Avenue North in Hot Springs

Field Trip Description: The trip will begin in Mesoproterozoic granitic rocks and travel “up-section” into Neoproterozoic rift and Paleozoic drift-related meta-sedimentary rocks. We will observe excellent examples of ductile and brittle faulting and discuss the complex geology of the Hot Springs window. A highlight of the trip will be a geologic hike to the top of Max Patch Mountain with expansive views of the Blue Ridge and Valley and Ridge physiographic provinces. The field trip will organize and end in Hot Springs, which is known for its thermal springs that are unique in the mountains of North Carolina.

Cost: $50 for AEG members and teachers; $60 for non-members, $25 for student members of AEG. Fee includes two beer tickets for Big Pillow. Bring your own lunch or order it from the Taqueria. We’ll have lunch on the patio.

Registration: Reservation deadline: 5 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2022. Field trip is limited to 20 participants. Due to the lack of parking places at the outcrops along the road, we will car pool with up to five to a car for a total of 20 people. Bring your four-door car. You can leave your car not being used in the Big Pillow parking lot.

Field Trip Waiver: When you register for the field trip, please sign/date and return field trip waiver to Rick Kolb or bring it with you to the field trip. DOWNLOAD WAIVER>>

Continuing Education Credits: 6 hours for North and South Carolina geology boards.


Geological Field Trip – Hot Springs Area