Linville Falls Fault:

Recent Road Cut on US 221 in McDowell County, NC Reveals a New Exposure of the Linville Falls Fault

Bozdog, G. Nicholas, Cattanach, Bart, L., and Wooten, Richard, M., North Carolina Geological Survey, Swannanoa, NC 28778,


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Geologic Themes
tectonic window, ductile fault zone, metamorphic rocks, mylonite, phyllonite.

Other Related Field Trip Guides

Field Trip Guidebook: Paleozoic Structures, Metamorphism, and Tectonics of the Blue Ridge of Western North Carolina.

Link to PDF of Field Trip Guide

Published Maps

Bryant, B. and Reed, J.C. Jr., 1970, Geology of the Grandfather Mountain Window and Vicinity, North Carolina and Tennessee: United States Geological Survey Professional Paper 615, 190p.

Site Access

Site is located on a busy highway. Do not block the travel lanes and great care should be used when visiting location. See Google Map links for location: 35.8232, -82.0106

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