I live nearby, less than 40 minutes away within sussex county. I commute out east for work and needed a "staycaction". For spring break, my husband, 11 year old son and I took a long weekend trip to camp and hike at High Point for the first time and it was fantastic!
The drive through sussex on rt 23 is full of beautiful mountain, farm, and old country scenery. The rivers and winding ascending roads into the park are amazing. When you pull into the campground area, again you are met with spectacular views of the forest. There aren't any leaves in the trees yet as it is mid April, can't wait to see it all 4 seasons!
The campground itself is incredible, but only if you are into more rustic camping. It's one of the most secluded campgrounds I have been to. It's early in the season so we had the luxury of being able to check out all of the other campsites as the park was pretty empty (one other family on our last day). We had site #15, which was a really nice spot. You are able to get your car close (some sites are walk to, be aware for those with heavier gear), very private, not too close to restrooms, and directly across from the "dark blue" hiking trail. The other spot I would like to go to is 20 or 27... great views and privacy as well.
The bathrooms have small, airplane like toilets and no sinks to wash hands. Clean enough, nothing special. The water pumps had water that smelled clean, but was kinda green and had stuff floating in it. We stuck to using our own.
We went up the dark blue hiking trail, a fantastic trail that makes you climb up a narrow rock and high up into the mountains that sit you on top overlooking the lake and campground...well worth the climb. On other trails, we saw a few dear, many squirrels, frogs, ducks, and crayfish, even a water snake.
The park was quiet, and had quiet people in it. There was a couple in the site next to us playing a guitar who walked over to say hello and make sure they weren't bothering us, very nice of them.
The actual park has other hiking trails, a scenic drive route (with picnic bench areas that overlook the mountains) that goes up to a watch tower where you can look out over ny/nj. Of course there is the incredible Veterns Monument that can be seen from many places around High Point. There is also a beach with sand that looks great for warmer weather.
I can't wait to go back to this park, it's definitely the kind of place you want to keep coming back to.
NJ is just awesome.
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