Highlands Geology Car Trek

Online registration for this event is officially closed.  If you are interested in purchasing the route to drive another time, contact Brielle Olshan at brielle@njhighlandscoalition.org

Did you know that the mountains of the New Jersey Highlands used to be higher than the Himalayas? Have you ever wondered about the geological history of the beautiful state we are lucky enough to call home? The diverse natural beauty of the Highlands and the patterns of human settlement are determined by its geology, whose beginnings were dramatic and violent and subsequently sculpted by 3 glaciations.  All of the Highlands’ history is illustrated by features of the current landscape, which we will interpret for you.

Join the New Jersey Highlands Coalition’s Spring Car Trek and learn about local geology, all while experiencing the natural beauty of the Highlands firsthand. Participants will begin their trek at the High Marques dealership in Morristown and will wend their way through 65 miles* of New Jersey nature, learning about the region’s geology!

We provide you with step-by-step directions so you don’t get lost. It’s not a race; you can drive the route at your own pace. There will be several engaging stops on this self-guided tour where you can jump out, take a walk and snap a photo. So grab a friend, buckle up, and join us on March 27th at 10am at High Marques Motor Cars for this exciting educational adventure! It’s gonna rock!

If you aren’t available on March 27th, you are welcome to drive the route on any other day.  Once you register, you will receive the route on March 26th and can enjoy the route whenever works for you!

We will only be on location at High Marques Motor Cars on 3/27 for registration from 10am to 11am, so make sure you show up by 11am at the latest!

We require a minimum of 2 people in each car for safety reasons; one person to drive, and one person to navigate.

*There will be 1.6 miles of unpaved dirt road in this route.

Rules for participation:

The driver must be licensed to drive the vehicle. Both proof of insurance and a valid driver’s license must be presented during rally registration.

The navigator must be at least 9 years old. The navigator must have a writing board (clipboard).

All individuals in the vehicle must wear seat belts at all times.

The vehicle must have a current registration, and be legal to drive on public roads in New Jersey and New York State.

A set of General Instructions (GIs) and Route Instructions (RIs) will be distributed after registration and prior to the start of the car trek.

The Car Trek Master and Volunteers will be available during registration and will be happy to answer questions and give advice.

The Route Instructions will provide teams with detailed information on the route of the car trek.

There will be Items of Interest along the route. Descriptions of the Items of Interest will be included in the instructions.