What to do in High Point State Park

Information provided by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry

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.

Special Deer Hunt
Each November High Point State Park allows hunters to participate in a special deer hunt in a designated area of the park (Deer Management Zone 67). To participate, hunters must apply for a Zone 67 permit through the lottery. Applications can be made at license agents or via the Division of Fish & Wildlife's Internet license sales site.

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.

Recreation
Park Programs The park offers a variety of interpretive and educational programs on a year-round basis. Nature hikes, stream walks and talks are conducted by the park naturalist. Check the Calendar of Events for High Point State Park's current programsSwimming

The spring-fed waters of the 20-acre Lake Marcia are cool and refreshing for swimmers. The beach is protected by lifeguards and there is a bathhouse and food concession adjacent to the beach.

Dryden Kuser Natural Area (1,500 acres) - At 1,500 feet above sea level, the Atlantic white cedar swamp in Dryden Kuser Natural Area is the highest elevation swamp of its kind in the world. A self-guided trail booklet for those who wish to hike the swamp trail is available at the park office. Endangered species include the three-tooth cinquefoil and Cooper's hawk.

Trails - There are 11 named and marked trails in High Point State Park, in addition to a stretch of the Appalachian Trail which transects the area. These trails are maintained for the enjoyment of all visitors, whether they are hikers, bird watchers, wildflower photographers or Sunday afternoon strollers. The trails range from less than half a mile to over four miles; take from half an hour to over two hours to walk at a moderate pace;, and range from easy walking for visitors of any age to difficult rocky terrain for experienced hikers. each of the High Point trails are marked with colored blazes to make them easy to follow. There is also a self guided nature trail through the Kuser Natural Area. If you're interested, ask for the guide book at the park office.

Trails - There are 11 named and marked trails in High Point State Park, in addition to a stretch of the Appalachian Trail which transects the area. These trails are maintained for the enjoyment of all visitors, whether they are hikers, bird watchers, wildflower photographers or Sunday afternoon strollers. The trails range from less than half a mile to over four miles; take from half an hour to over two hours to walk at a moderate pace;, and range from easy walking for visitors of any age to difficult rocky terrain for experienced hikers. each of the High Point trails are marked with colored blazes to make them easy to follow. There is also a self guided nature trail through the Kuser Natural Area. If you're interested, ask for the guide book at the park office.

Appalachian Trail - To the south, the Appalachian Trail follows a rocky ridge which offers many scenic views of the valleys and mountains surrounding the area. To the north, the trail drops off the ridge through hemlock gorges into former agricultural fields with a view of the surrounding countryside and the High Point Monument in the distance.

Cedar Swamp Trail - The Dryden Kuser Natural Area includes a distinctive bog, locally called the Cedar Swamp. The Cedar Swamp Trail makes a one and a half mile loop around the bog. The trail guide described the spring-summer vegetation and other features of the bog and the surrounding area. The descriptions in the guide correspond to numbered posts on the trail. As you enjoy the natural beauty of this area, please remember to leave it undisturbed for future visitors.

High Point Cross Country Ski Center - Winter months find cross-country skiers on the 15 km of groomed trails in the park. Half of the trails are covered by artificial snow. Cross-country skis and other winter sports equipment are available for rent. A blazing fire, hot soup and other hearty food greet visitors at the center on Lake Marcia.

Camping - Campsites: 50 tent sites (no trailers) along Sawmill Lake with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets are within walking distance. Open April 1 through October 31.

Group campsites: Two group campsites, accommodate 25 and 35 people each. Drinking water, pit toilets. Open May 15 through October 15.

Cabins: Two cabins each with furnished living room with fireplace; three bedrooms -one room with double bed, two rooms with twin beds; kitchen with hot and cold running water, electric stove, refrigerator; bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink. Electricity. Cabins are located on eastern shore of Steenykill Lake. Each accommodates six people. With prior permission from the superintendent, two additional people may be accommodated. Cabins are open from May 15 to October 15.

Group cabin: Living room with woodstove, full kitchen, two bunkrooms with double bunks, bathrooms, showers. Accommodates up to 28 people. Open May 15 through October 15.

Picnicking - Several picnic areas with table and grills are located throughout the park. For larger groups, we also offer three reservable picnic shelters that can accomodate up to 75 people each. In addition, group picnic Shelter #1 has playground equipment and Shelter #2 offers playfields and playground equipment. These areas may be reserved for a fee

Location
Sussex County

Take Route 23 approximately 7 miles north of the town of Sussex, NJ, or 4 miles south of Port Jervis, NY.

Climate
The temperatures in New Jersey vary slightly, with the southern area being the warmest. Winter weather can start by October and is in full force by November, temperatures average 20 to 40 degrees. Spring can begin in mid March and brings temperatures of 50 degrees F, by April temperatures can reach 65 degrees F. Summer weather can extend from late May to mid September, and temperatures often reach 95 degrees during this season with nighttime lows near 65 degrees. Fall weather has temperatures between 65 and 45 degrees F. Precipitation levels in New Jersey are highest from March through August.

Address
1480 Route 23
Sussex, NJ 07461

Phone: 973-875-4800

Email: Michele.buckley@dep.state.nj.us
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