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.
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 June 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (staff permitting). Open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 24 through Labor Day (staff permitting). Open weekends and holidays after Labor Day until Columbus Day (staff and weather permitting) from 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
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 extrance fee to drive in. Snice 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
Open daily 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Park Office: Open daily 9:00 am to 4:00 pm