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“One of the best weekends. Ever.”

High Point State Park
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Sussex
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

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.

7  Thank NJfoodisjustbetter
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

It was open and free on 4/9/14. It had nice views but was still a little cold to do much walking around.

Thank Trophy98
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

Visited in late fall. Much colder and more windy at the top than at sea level on a cold day, and you cannot enter the monument this time of year. There is no charge to enter the park now but I think there is a small fee during warmer months when the monument is open. Fantastic views of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and the river from the top of the hill. Everything is clean and well maintained. There is a nice lake below.

Thank JimmB30
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

We went on a Saturday and the $10 fee per car was waved. Great views of 3 states from the base of the obelisk, although the obelisk was closed. We followed the signs near the entrance and enjoyed the scenic drive. Pull over and there is a short hike up to a wooden observation tower. The Appellation trail runs through the park and we walked some of it. We also hiked some of the Life trail. Both were easy walks that you don't need special boots or skills. The visitors center has bathrooms and small exhibits about the park. I expected to visit for a couple of hours and spent all day. Worth the trip.

1  Thank BigEandKenna
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

It's located in the upper northern area of New Jersey. It is part of the Kittatinny Mountains and can be accessed by Route 23. Part of the 2100 mile and 14 state Appalachian Trail runs through the park. At 15oo feet it has the highest Atlantic white cedar swamp in the world. It is also the highest point in New Jersey at 1803 feet above sea level. From the top of the monument which was built by the Kusers to honor all of New Jersey's war veterans, you can see the Pocono Plateau (Pa.), Port Jervis (NY), Catskill foothills (NY) and Sussex farmlands (NJ). I've been to the State Park so many times I can not count them, From Memorial day to Labor Day the cost is per vehicle is $10 weekdays and $20 weekends and holidays. It should be cheaper. All other times of the year it is free. The monument has been newly refurbished. The spiral staircase is physically challenging and if you fear heights it could be a problem. The stairs can be damp if not outright wet. Cross country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling are available through a private contractor. Some people dog sled. There are 10 miles of trails. Ice fishing and other fishing require a NJ license as does hunting for deer and bear. Hunting is done in limited aeeas of the park. Boating on lakes Sawmill and Steenykill requires an electric motor or the old fashion paddle. Lake Marcia has lifeguards, great restrooms and changing facilities. There are camp areas, picnic BBQ grills park headquarters and an Interpretive center with displays. Get a map the trails can be tricky,Some people horseback ride. Bring Deep Woods Off there are ticks. And do not bring alcohol, it is prohibited. There are concession stands open during the season and restaurants on Route 23, Port Jervis, etc..

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