High Point State Park

Park Overview:

1803 feet – the highest point in the state of New Jersey

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing
Trail Miles:50 miles
Park Acreage:16091 acres
Buy Trail Map:Kittatinny Trails Map
Web Map:NJ State Park Service map
Buy Book:Kittatinny Trails - Hiking Guide Book

Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

High Point State Park extends south ten miles from the New York state line.  High Point has a natural landscape of unusual beauty onto which a designed landscape was placed.  Recreational facilities are centered around the Lake Marcia and High Point Monument areas.  As suggested by its name, the park occupies the highest point within the state - 1,803 feet.

The park includes the Dryden Kuser Natural Area and its Cedar Swamp.  This large swamp of Atlantic white cedar trees is the farthest inland swamp of this type known to exist.

Swimming is permitted at spring-fed Lake Marcia when lifeguards are on duty.

Trails Overview:

The Park features twelve marked trails that range from 0.5 to 8.3 miles.  This extensive network of trails makes it possible to create a number of loop hikes.  One person's description of hiking in the park:  http://www.njskylands.com/pkhighpt.htm

  • Appalachian Trail [white, 8.3 mile segment] -- hiking only. AT traverses the park from north to south, passing many viewpoints along the way. It may be combined with the Iris Trail [red on white], which it intersects three times.
  • Cross-country skiing - groomed trails; [973] 702-1222
  • Snowmobiling and dog sledding -- some trails south of NJ 23

Take Route 23 approximately 7 miles north of the town of Sussex, NJ, or 4 miles south of Port Jervis, NY.   [Google Maps: "1480 RT-23, Sussex, Sussex, New Jersey 07461"]

  • Fees: Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day
Contact Information:NJ DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry
Fees:Some times and places; check with park