High Point State Park At A Glance...
- 50 miles of multi-use trails
- Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding and snowmobiling are allowed throughout the park
- The monument is open on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day weekend until Columbus Day
- Todays Sunrise: 6:40 am, Sunset: 7:24 pm
- New Jersey Skylands Region Sussex County
About High Point State Park
The view from High Point Monument, at 1,803 feet above sea level, is a spectacular panorama of rich farmland and forest, soft hills, and lush valleys in three states. The blue line of the Delaware River divides the verdant ridges of New Jersey from those of Pennsylvania. High Point offers superb trails for hikers and skiers and quiet spots for campers and anglers.
- Equestrian / Horseback
Rugged trails/ The AT passes through the park
- Jogging / Running
- Mountain Bike
- Paddling - Kayak, Canoe, row boat
- Playing in the playground
- Skiing / Snowboarding
- Boat launch
- Parking Lot(s)/Garage
- Boat launch - Car Top Only
- Nature / Environmental Center
- Picnic / Sitting Area
- Grills / Firering
- Picnic shelter(s)
- Picnic tables
Flat / Easy
Some easy trails near the monument
- Some are challenging
Rugged / Rocky
Most trails rugged / advanced
- Walking Paths
- State Parks
- Park (General)
- Scenic Areas (overlooks/waterfalls)
- Alcohol *NOT Permitted*
- Entrance Fee
Contact / Location
Our Personal Take...
High Point is one of our favorite locations around NJ. The overall trail system will offer a challenge to most outdoor enthusiasts. The scenic views from the top of the mountain are one of the best in NJ. And the camping is rustic and very peaceful. We just love this park!
A Brief History
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 the eminent Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park.
Trail & Path Info
With over 50 miles of trails, High Point State Park offers visitors a variety of trail options throughout the year, Designated multiple-use trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding and snowmobiling. Trails vary in length from one half-mile to 18 miles and take visitors through unique and diverse landscapes including an Atlantic white cedar swamp, mountain ridge tops with 360-degree views, dense forests, fields and wetlands.
Things to See & Do
High Point Monument
The monument was built through the generosity of the Kusers, in honor of all war veterans. Construction was started in 1928 and completed in 1930. At the top of the 220-foot structure, observers have a breathtaking view of the ridges of the Pocono Mountains toward the west, the Catskill Mountains to the north and the Wallkill River Valley in the southeast.
Monument: You can access the location of the monument during regular park hours (weather permitting in the winter due to road conditions). If you would like to enter the monument with the option to climb to the top, it is open on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day weekend until Columbus Day. it is always best to call the park to double-check on this.
Admission & Guidelines
The park is spread out across hundreds of acres in Northern New Jersey. Though most of the park itself can be accessed without paying a fee, getting to the monument, main picnic areas, and swimming lake (Lake Marcia), require that you pay an entrance fee to drive in. Since it is hard to keep this fee up to date on our site here, I say that it ranges from $5 to $20, that non-residents pay a different amount than NJ residents, and to check the main High Point page managed by the state to specific pricing.
There are 2 locations in the park where boating is allowed: Sawmill Lake and Steenykill Lake (map). Boating is permitted subject to New Jersey's boating regulations and NJ State Park Service rules. There is no boat launching fee at these locations.
Hours / Season of Operation
Park Gate 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Park Office 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., open until 6:00 pm on Fridays
Monument interior: 8:30 am to 3:45 pm, Saturday and Sunday, staff permitting
There are many parking lots within the park for biking, hiking, swimming, walking to the monument.
You may also like...
Related Groups / Organizations
Below are a few groups that we have connected to High Point State Park. If we are missing any, please let us know
More To Explore in High Point State Park
- High Point State Park (~0 miles)
- Sawmill Lake Campground at High Point (~0 miles)
- Westfall Winery (~2 miles)
- Pleasant Acres Farm Campground (~3 miles)
- Rockview Valley Campground (~4 miles)
- Cedar Ridge Campgrounds (~4 miles)
- Silver Canoe - Canoe and Kayak outfitter (~4 miles)
- River Beach Campsites (~5 miles)
- Sunrise Mountain Scenic overlook (~5 miles)
- Space Farms Zoo & Museum (~6 miles)
- Ventimiglia Vineyards (~6 miles)
- Sussex County Sunflower Maze (at Liberty Farm) (~6 miles)
Looking for more?
Oh, New Jersey, how do we love thee? 118 reasons why... - 10/23/2015
Oh, New Jersey, how do we love thee? 118 reasons why...Details
Photos Of: High Point State Park - Around the park - 09/05/2012
Over the last few years, we have visited the park many times. Here are a few nice shots from around the park.Details
Photos Of: High Point State Park - Trails - 09/05/2012
High Point SP has so many very nice trails. We hope that these pictures can show how nice they are.Details
Photos Of: High Point State Park - The monument - 09/05/2012
The High Point State Park monument.. Enjoy!Details
Photos of: Sawmill Lake Campground (2007) - 05/21/2007
Here are few shots of a camping trip at the Sawmill Lake Campground that we had back in 2007.Details
No Park Entrance Fees at State Parks for 2022
The NJ State Park System has decided to stop (or not start) collecting park entrance fees this summer.Details
Photos of the week! April 21
Each week we share a few photos of fun places around NJ with the hope that you find fun places to explore. This week we are sharing HigDetails
Welcome to the NJ Outdoor Map!
Welcome to the NJ Outdoor Map!Details
Have you visited the NJ Outdoor Map yet? You should...
We started working on a new site that will help you find new places to explore. It is called the NJOutdoorMap.comDetails
NJ State Parks and Many County Parks Reopen!
NJ State Parks, and many County Parks opened this past weekend for passive recreation!Details
State Park Facilities Close to Help Reduce Spread of COVID-19
Open spaces at state parks and wildlife management areas open and available for passive recreation; enclosed facilities, campgrounds atDetails
First Day Hikes in the NJ State Parks - 1/1/2020
The New Jersey State Park Service is hosting 29 hikes, 1 mountain bike ride and 1 horseback ride in state parks, forests and historic sDetails
I Heart NJ Parks -- Park Visitor Feedback Survey
The NJ Division of Parks and Forestry is dedicated to the excellent stewardship of the state's rich and diverse historic, cultural, recDetails
Introducing Trail Tracker for New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites
The New Jersey State Parks system has released a new way to explore NJ!Details
(updated) State Parks, Forests, Historic Sites, and Recreation Areas will be closed for a bit
Due to the government shutdown in the State of New Jersey, all State Parks, Forests, Historic Sites, and Recreation Areas will be closeDetails
2017 First Day Hikes Throughout the NJ State Parks
The New Jersey State Park Service is hosting 19 guided hikes, 1 mountain bike ride and 1 horseback ride in state parks, forests and hisDetails
A Special Time to Stargaze: 2016 Perseids Meteor Shower
This year is setting up to be one of the best years for seeing the Perseids Meteor Shower. With a projected rate of 50 - 150 per hour,Details
Oh, New Jersey, how do we love thee? 118 reasons why...
Many years ago, the beauty of this state inspired me to explore everything that NJ had to offer, and to capture everything that I was sDetails
More Places and Groups Please! :)
We would love to add all the great outdoor destinations, groups and events into our powerful search. We just need to know about them! :Details
Quick Updates for 2014..
Just wanted to share quick update for the new year, a bit of info about the owners of the site, and a note on how you can contribute toDetails
Featured Place: High Point State Park
The view from High Point Monument, at 1,803 feet above sea level, is a spectacular panorama of NJ/NY/PA. Trails around the entire parkDetails
An Important Site Update, plus New Locations Have Been Added
The latest location listing additions.Details
Wantage, NJ 07461 07461