High Peaks Leads Geology Hike to Ray Mine May 12

High Peaks Leads Geology Hike to Ray Mine May 12

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Thursday, May 12 for a fun and educational trip to the Ray Mine, an outing that will be led by retired Geology Professor Bill Miller. The mica mine was operated on-and-off from 1867 until the 1940s.

Prof. Miller, who taught at Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of North Carolina Asheville, will treat participants to a condensed history of our region’s geology. Hikers will tour the area around the now-closed mine and will be able to collect small samples of rocks and minerals for identification and further study. Meet at the Rose’s Shopping Center Parking lot on the corner overlooking Highway 19-E at 8:30 a.m. Because of limited parking at the mine, the group will use a Yancey Transportation van, with riders asked to make a $5 donation. No dogs are allowed on the vans. Bring snacks and water, along with rain gear if the weather looks threatening. The group should return to Rose’s by around Noon. The outing will be limited to a dozen participants and you must contact Prof. Miller to reserve your seat on the van. You can reach him at: fieldpeas@ccvn.com. He and a student wrote a Geonote detailing the mine’s geology and history and he can provide this to participants upon request. Please check the High Peaks Facebook page or website, www.nchighpeaks.org, for last-minute changes due to weather. Photo info: Prof. Miller's 2010 Physical Geology class at the Ray Mine.