All trips will run rain or shine, so rain gear may be necessary if the weather is bad.

Lunches, snacks and water will be provided to all field trip attendees.


Interactive Field Trip Map

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Trip 1: Mountain Lake Landslides & "Dirty Dancing"

This field trip will explore several geologic and geotechnical issues and past landslide activity related to the formation of Mountain Lake and relatively recent (?) declining water levels. Mountain Lake is famous as the filming location for the 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing.”

Trip 2: The Narrows Landslide & I-81 Rock Slope Stability

A field trip exploring a variety of geologic features and rock slope stability issues in SW Virginia including the Pulaski Fault, injection breccias, ancient rock-block slides, and the Narrows Landslide.

Trip 3: Natural Bridge Rockfall Fatality & Remediation

The field trip will explore rock slope stability issues and remediation of this natural rock arch in Rockbridge County, Virginia. This is the only known natural rock arch to also serve as a major highway (U.S. 11) bridge.

Trip 4: Fortune's Cove and the 1969 Hurricane Camille Debris Flows

Field Trip Leaders: Anne Witt (VA DGMR) and Dick Whitehead (Wiley|Wilson Engineering)

This field trip will explore debris flow features in Nelson County associated with Hurricane Camille in 1969 and discuss the history and impact of this event on the local community. Headscarps, debris flow tracks and fans will be explored in the Fortune Cove area, where over 100 coalescing debris flows occurred. This tour will require moderate hiking over rough terrain. Over the ankle hiking boots, long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended.

Trip 5: Blue Ridge Debris Deposits and Alluvial Fans

Field Trip Leaders: Matt Heller (VA DGMR) and Rich Whittecar (ODU)

This field trip will explore geomorphic features and deposits of ancient debris fans in the Virginia Blue Ridge. Recent Beryllium-10 dating of ancient debris fans sheds light on landscape evolution in the Southern Appalachians. This tour will require moderate hiking over rough terrain. Over the ankle hiking boots, long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended.

Trip 6: Boulders and Beer

Field Trip leaders: David Spears (Virginia State Geologist) and geologists from the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources

This field trip will take the attendees along the "Brew Ridge Trail" of Nelson County, Virginia for a beer tasting excursion. Along the way field trip leaders will discuss the complex geologic and landslide history of the area, including the destructive debris flows from Hurricane Camille in 1969. Beer tastings may be purchased individually at each brewery for an additional fee. This tour will require minimal walking on flat terrain (mostly with a beer).

Post-Meeting Field Trip: Wilkes/Watauga County, NC

Field Trip Leaders: Jennifer Bauer (Appalachian Landslide Consultants), Rick Wooten (NC Geological Survey), Anne Witt (VA DGMR)

This two-day field trip will explore a number of geologic sights and landslide features along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina. Highlights include a discussion of rock slope stability issues associated with development along the Linville Falls fault in Boone, NC and debris flows associated with major storms in 1916 and 1940. Over the ankle hiking boots, long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended.

Guest Tour: Chateau Morrisette Winery Tour

Join us for a relaxing excursion to a Virginia winery for a tour, tasting and lunch. Along the way, guests will travel along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and stop at picturesque Mabry Mill, a historic gristmill and sawmill built in 1903, and one of the most photographed sites along the Parkway. The trip will end with a stop at Mill Mountain overlooking Roanoke, with its iconic illuminated star, for which Roanoke was nicknamed the "Star City". This tour will require minimal walking over flat terrain.