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High Point State Park, Sussex

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High Point State Park is a state park straddling the border of Wantage Township and Montague Township in Sussex County, within the Skylands Region of northwestern New Jersey, United States, near the border with New York State and Pennsylvania. The park covers 15,413 acres (62.37 km2). Part of the Kittatinny Mountains, the highest point in the state of New Jersey, the aptly named High Point, sits in the northern reaches of the park, at elevation 1,803 feet (550 m). Route 23 skirts the park and provides access for visitors from the New Jersey suburbs and from points in New York. The park is administered by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.

Entrance fees are only charged from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day: $5.00 on weekdays and $10.00 on weekends.
High Point Monument, built at the summit, offers views of farmland and forest, hills and valleys in three states, out to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where the Delaware River separates the ridges of New Jersey from those of Pennsylvania. High Point offers trails for hiking and cross-country skiing and areas for camping and fishing.

The land for High Point State Park, donated by Colonel Anthony R. and Susie Dryden Kuser, was dedicated as a park in 1923. The pleasant landscaping was designed by the Olmsted Brothers of Boston, a prominent landscape architectural firm of that time. The brothers were the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park.
To the south, the Appalachian Trail follows a rocky ridge which has views of the valleys and mountains surrounding the area. To the north, the trail drops off the ridge through hemlock gorges into former agricultural fields with a view of the surrounding countryside and the High Point Monument in the distance.
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  • Camped at sawmill pond sites 7 and 17. Campsite 7 was a great site. Spacious site overlooking the pond. Gravel on the site was spread out (which helped with the tick situation). Able to keep car in....  more »
  • This little lake was a great camping spot when I stayed there quite a few years back. There were a few platforms for tents. The lake near a number of pretty little trails, one of which has wild...  more »
  • High Point is a really cool park to visit. The views are really beautiful. The crowds were not there because we went on a Monday. It also snowed which was neat as back home it was 46 degrees. Driving....  more »
  • I have only been to the monument area which is a great place to visit. Since it is the highest point in NJ, you have spectacular views all around the monument. Climbing to the top of the monument when open allows a higher view of the area and some exercise. The park does have swimming, camping and hiking available, but those things I can't comment about. This is worth a visit, especially in the fall.
  • We only went to the lake. Nice place for a picnic and a day at the beach. Kids had a lot of fun in the sand. BBQ grills and picnic tables, as well as a playground, are available. The bathrooms could be cleaner. And I wish the roped-off portion of the lake where you could swim was bigger. But overall a really nice lake surrounded by beautiful forest.
  • A beautiful place to go for a prefect hiking experience. I went there with two of my best friends Kevin and Giovanny Hernandez. We walked for two hours through marvelous trails well marked so you don't get lost. At the end, we were a little tired, so we decided to swim at the lake. It was just perfect.
  • Beautiful outdoor space for picnicking, swimming, hiking or just relaxing. It was somewhat busy on Labor Day weekend, but there was plenty of parking available. Great views from all around the monument. Nice place for families to visit.
  • The park area is clean, plenty of lifeguards on duty makes you feel safe. The small playground close to the water is very convenient if you have little ones. The sand area is a good size considering the park is small. You can fish on the other side of the lake! Perfect for keeping kids entertained. But I am giving it 4 ☆☆☆ because: The park is small and there's only a hand full of grills and they are all far from the water. The bathrooms are not that clean and the food they sale is expensive.

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