High Point State Park

Want to feel like you’re king of the world? Head up to New Jersey’s highest point, the aptly named High Point State Park.

 

At 1,800 feet, the views from here of the Kittatinny Mountains are spectacular, but for a real bird’s-eye view, climb the more than 200 stairs to the top of High Point Monument.

 

It’s even more impressive when cool fall weather paints the area with crimson, gold and plum-colored leaves.

 

The park is also one of the most popular hiking spots in the state, with more than 50 miles of well-marked and maintained trails, not to mention portions of the famous Appalachian Trail.

 

With so many trails, there’s something for every hiking skill level here. (Note that the entrances for the Appalachian Trail, located on Rts. 23 and 519, are marked with a cryptic “A.T.”)

 
In winter, several trails in the north of the park offer snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on groomed trails (rentals are available). Mountain biking is also permitted on the trails.
 

Location

United States
41° 16' 51.2508" N, 74° 41' 55.6512" W
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High Point State Park
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Want to feel like you’re king of the world? Head up to New Jersey’s highest point, the aptly named High Point State Park.

 

At 1,800 feet, the views from here of the Kittatinny Mountains are spectacular, but for a real bird’s-eye view, climb the more than 200 stairs to the top of High Point Monument.

 

It’s even more impressive when cool fall weather paints the area with crimson, gold and plum-colored leaves.

 

The park is also one of the most popular hiking spots in the state, with more than 50 miles of well-marked and maintained trails, not to mention portions of the famous Appalachian Trail.

 

With so many trails, there’s something for every hiking skill level here. (Note that the entrances for the Appalachian Trail, located on Rts. 23 and 519, are marked with a cryptic “A.T.”)

 
In winter, several trails in the north of the park offer snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on groomed trails (rentals are available). Mountain biking is also permitted on the trails.
 


 Don’t Miss:

• The Cedar Swamp Trail, which traverses the country’s only mountaintop cedar swamp.
 
• Watching the full moon rise over the park.
 
• Camping at Sawmill Lake.
 
• Visiting nearby Stokes State Forest to witness breathtaking and panoramic views from Sunrise Mountain along the Appalachian Trail
 
Insider Tip:
Interpretive programs run by staff naturalist Kate Foord are a great way to learn more about this stunning natural area.
 
Her offerings include outings for “fledgling naturalists” (ages 3 to 5), moonlit walks, snowshoe expeditions and even searches for indigenous Timberdoodles (American woodcocks).

 

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