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When: April 22, 2017
9:00 AM
Where: Lower Haw River State Natural Area
Chatham County, North Carolina 
United States
Contact: AEG Carolinas Chapter - Sue Buchanan

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AEG Carolinas Spring Field Trip

TOPIC: Geologic Hike along the Haw River, Chatham County, NC

TRIP LEADER: Phil Bradley, PG, Senior Geologist for the NC Geologic Survey for the Piedmont

TIME: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


REGISTRATION: Available on AEG Carolinas Chapter website in January 2017

Reservations: You can register and prepay for the field trip by (1) mail (see last pages) or (2) under the News and Events Page of our website at Everyone (including online registers) must fill out the Registration and Liability Waiver Forms to attend the field trip.


Spring Field Trip
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:00am to 5:30pm

Meeting Location: 9:00 am Lower Haw River State Natural Area parking lot (see instructions for parking)

Cost: Members, Public-sector, Teachers $50; Non-Members $70; Students with college ID $25

Field Trip Waiver: Please sign/date and return field trip waiver to Sue Buchanan by April 14, 2017

South Carolina Continuing Education Credits:
5 credits

Travel Accommodations: A block of rooms will not be reserved by AEG for this event. A list of nearby accommodations follows. Please carpool as the parking area cannot accommodate many vehicles.

This field trip is limited to 50 participants due to limited space available at Carolina Brewery restaurant.

Field Trip Summary
This field trip will involve a hike along two separate stretches of the Haw River on either side of HWY 64 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.

We will hike a portion of the river northwest of the HWY 64 bridge in the morning. Along this section we will visit outcrops of metamorphosed dacites, andesites, and basalts of the Hyco Formation. After lunch, the hike will be on the southeast side of the river (south of HWY 64); where we will visit outcrops of dacites and volcano-sedimentary rocks.

Field Trip Logistics
Participants will park at the Lower Haw River State Natural area gravel parking lot on the west side of the Haw. The lot is accessed from the eastbound lane of HWY 64 off of Foxfire Trace. River Access Road which leads to the parking lot is a left turn immediately off of Foxfire Trace. Please carpool as the parking area at the Haw River cannot accommodate many vehicles. Excess cars can park at the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store at 121 Lowes Drive, located a few minutes west of the Haw River parking lot off Hwy 64 in Pittsboro. Field trip starts shortly after 9 am, so please coordinate carpooling and car parking logistics before 9 am meeting time.

After a brief introduction to the field trip, we will walk under the HWY 64 bridge to the northwest along the river. The trail includes areas of roots, loose and slippery rock and may require the crossing of small streams. Hiking boots are recommended. Downed trees may require stooping or climbing at times. The morning section should take approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete with an estimated return to the parking lot at lunch time.

From 12:00pm to 3:00pm, lunch will be at Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro (120 Lowes Drive #100). A limited lunch menu has been selected which includes tea, water, and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages are not included. A 30 minute brewery tour at Carolina Brewery will start about 2:00pm. We strongly encourage that participants who choose to drink alcohol, limit alcoholic beverages to one drink as driving is required back to the Haw River and more hiking continues after lunch. After lunch, the group will walk over the HWY 64 bridge and begin another approximate 2-hour hike on the southeast section of the river.

Nearby hotels in Apex, NC (about 20 miles from the Haw River parking lot): Comfort Inn (1411 E Williams Street, 919-387-4600); Candlewood Suites (1005 Marco Drive, 919-387-8595); Holiday Inn Express (1006 Marco Drive, 919-387-3636).

Field Trip Leader
Phil Bradley is the Senior Geologist for the North Carolina Geological Survey for the Piedmont. He has 20 years of experience in project management and technical oversight in geological sciences including groundwater and soil investigations, geoscience education, and geologic mapping. His main duties involve geologic mapping in the Piedmont of North Carolina.

Field Trip, Chatham County, NC
April 22, 2017

Instructions: Each participant will need to complete the registration form and waiver form to attend this AEG event. Payment must be made to complete your registration and reserve your spot on the field trip. After completion of the forms, send forms and payment (check) to:

Sue Buchanan (,
Schnabel Engineering, 11A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407

Name of Participant: ___________________________________________________________________
Company or University: _________________________________________________________________
Address (Street, City, State, Zip): _________________________________________________________
Phone (office, home, or cell): ____________________ Email: __________________________________
The Field Trip will include lunch at Carolina Brewery, 120 Lowes Drive #100, Pittsboro (limited lunch menu).

Each participant must complete the table below for this AEG Carolinas Chapter event.
Event: Member - $50; Non-Member - $70; Public-Sector - $50; Teacher - $50; Student - $25

Payment Options:
1) CHECK: Check if paid via check, payable to AEG Carolinas Chapter. Send check to Sue Buchanan.
2) PAYPAL:Check if paid via PayPal on the AEG Carolinas Chapter website ( underthe News & Events Page.

List participant(s) for which this payment is for: ______________________________________________

The undersigned having been fully advised as to the nature and possible dangers and hazards of the field trip, hereby acknowledges and agrees this _____day of

___________, 20____, that:

1. (please print) (herein referred to as "Participant") intends to participate in one or more field trips sponsored by the Association of Environmental & Engineering
Geologists (herein referred to as "AEG"). The field trip for which this waiver is being made is to be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Chatham County, North Carolina.

2. Participant agrees and understands that during such field trip(s), he/she will be under the direction and control of the trip leader approved by the AEG, and specifically agrees to comply with all reasonable directions and instructions by the trip director during the course thereof.

3. Participant understands and acknowledges that there are risks of injury to person and/or property that are associated with field trips, including without limitation risks related to travel hazards, terrain, weather, eating and sleeping arrangements, and other circumstances. Participant hereby voluntarily assumes all risks connected with
or arising out of his/her participation in field trip activities, and waives any claim against AEG, its officers, directors, employees, agents and members for any injury, harm, damage or other liability arising out of field trip activities.

4. Participant understands and acknowledges that the AEG assumes no liability for personal injuries or property damages to participants or to third persons arising out of field trip activities. Participant agrees to hold AEG harmless from any liability for harm arising out of the acts or omissions of AEG or Participant during any such field trip, and indemnify AEG against any and all awards or judgments against AEG in favor of third parties for losses and damages (including attorney’s fees and any costs involved because of said claims), on account of injury, death or property damage, or inconvenience or loss of money due to delay that may arise, by reason of Participant's participation in field trip activities.

5. I understand that my use of alcohol or drugs would impair my judgment and coordination, and I hereby waive, and will hold the AEG harmless from, any and all claims of bodily injury or other harm arising from my use of either. I will indemnify AEG against awards or judgments in favor of third parties for losses or damages (including attorney's fees and costs), of whatever nature, arising out of my use of alcohol or drugs while participating in field trip activities.

Participant’s Signature: ________________________________________ Date: ___________________________

6. I hereby state that I am at least twenty-one (21) years old, am competent to sign this document, and am legally permitted to consume alcoholic beverages.

Participant’s Signature: ________________________________________ Date: ___________________________

6. I hereby state that I am n o t at least twenty-one (21) years old, am competent to sign this document, and am not legally permitted to consume alcoholic beverages.

Participant’s Signature: ________________________________________ Date: ___________________________

Mail waiver form to: Sue Buchanan, Schnabel Engineering, 11A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407 or email form to: Sue Buchanan,


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