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Geological Hike Along the Haw River, Chatham County, NC
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When: February 2, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Departing and Returning to the Courtyard by Marriott Raleigh Cary Hotel (free parking)
102 Edinburgh Drive South
Cary, North Carolina  27511
United States

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This field trip will involve a hike along an approximate 1 mile stretch (2 miles round trip) of the Haw River from HWY 64 toward the north within the Lower Haw River State Natural Area. The Lower Haw River State Natural Area is administered by the NC State Parks and includes 1,100 acres of land along both sides of the Haw River in Chatham County extending from the Town of Bynum to Jordan Lake.


The hike will present results of detailed geologic mapping by the NC Geological Survey in Chatham County and interpretations of various outcrops and landforms along the river. This portion of the Haw River is located within the Hyco Formation of the Carolina terrane. Generally, the Hyco Formation includes metamorphosed volcanic, volcaniclastic-sedimentary and intrusive rocks associated with a volcanic island arc active ca. 612 – 630 ma.


8:00 am - Meet the bus at the Courtyard by Marriott Raleigh Cary Hotel, 102 Edinburgh Drive South, Cary, NC 27511 (919) 481-9666 (parking is free at the hotel)

9:00 am - Begin hike

12:00 pm - Lunch (included)  

3:00 pm - Fortnight brewery tour (included)

5:00 pm - Arrive back at the hotel


What to Bring: 
Water in a backpack. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots. The trail includes areas of roots, loose and slippery rock and may require the crossing of small streams. Hiking boots are recommended.

Registration includes transportation, guidebook, lunch, brewery tour, and beer ticket.

Continuing Education Credits - earn 7 PDHs approved by the state of NC!! or 5.5 PDHs from AIPG!!

Space is limited, so be sure to register soon!