High Point State Park

1480 State Route 23, Wantage, NJ 07461 07461

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
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  • 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.

Description borrowed from state.nj.us

  • Activities:
    • Equestrian / Horseback
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
      Rugged trails/ The AT passes through the park
    • Hunting
    • Jogging / Running
    • Mountain Bike
    • Paddling - Kayak, Canoe, row boat
    • Playing in the playground
    • Skiing / Snowboarding
    • Swimming
    • Picnicking
    • Walking
    • Bathrooms
    • Beach
    • Boat launch
    • Parking Lot(s)/Garage
    • Boat launch - Car Top Only
    • Nature / Environmental Center
    • Picnic / Sitting Area
    • Benches
    • Grills / Firering
    • Picnic shelter(s)
    • Picnic tables
    • Playground
    • Monument
    • Boardwalks
    • Flat / Easy
      Some easy trails near the monument
    • Some are challenging
    • Rugged / Rocky
      Most trails rugged / advanced
    • Dirt
    • Walking Paths
    Park Type:
    • State Parks
    • Park (General)
    • Playground
    • Scenic Areas (overlooks/waterfalls)
    • Alcohol *NOT Permitted*
    • Entrance Fee

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.

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