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New Jersey
Skylands Region
High Point State Park
1480 Route 23
Sussex, New Jersey   07461

Phone: 973-875-4800
Reservations: 973-875-4800
High Point State Park
'Blue Horizon'


High Point State Park

High Point State Park


High Point State Park

High Point State Park

High Point State Park

High Point State Park

High Point State Park

High Point State Park

High Point State Park

High Point State Park

High Point State Park

High Point State Park

High Point State Park

High Point State Park

High Point State Park
'High Point'


High Point State Park

High Point State Park

High Point State Park
'View of Port Jervis'

Overlooking Port Jervis from the Monument Trail.

High Point State Park
'High Point State Park Bench'
© Nicki McManus Photography


View from bench at 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.
History of the Area
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.
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. $20 per night.

Group campsites: Two group campsites, accommodate 25 and 35 people each. Drinking water, pit toilets. Open May 15 through October 15. Site A - $35 per night, Site B - $25 per night
Cabins: Two cabins each with furnished living room with a woodstove; 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. $65 per night, $455 per week.

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. $155 per night; Two-night minimum.
Nearby Accommodations
Black Walnut Country Inn and Stables - Milford, PABBs / Inns
The Black Walnut Inn is a delightful English Tudor-style Bed Breakfast, tucked away on a 162-acre wooded estate in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, minutes from the Delaware River. Adjacent to thousands of acres of wooded trails. Overnight boarding available to Inn guests. Trail Rides.
11.5 miles from park*
Cedar Lakes Cottages - Port Jervis, NYCottages and Cabins
Cedar Lakes is a gorgeous 500-acre estate surrounding twin cedar lakes. We have a selection of deluxe cottages for nightly or weekly rentals. Enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, tennis, and swimming on the property. Cottages have full kitchens, fireplaces, WIFI, and great amenities--all for the price of a hotel.
4.7 miles from park*
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. Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach.
Boats may be launched at specific locations at Sawmill Lake and Steenykill Lake. Boating is permitted subject to New Jersey's boating regulations and NJ State Park Service rules. Check with the park office for launch sites. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices are required for each boat occupant. Power boats are limited to electric motors only.

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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:

$55.00 per day, plus applicable parking fees for reservations for Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

$80.00 per day for reservations for the Day After Labor Day to Friday Before Memorial Day.

Group Picnic Cancellation Fee: 50 percent of Fee.

*Groups of 20 or more people shall reserve picnic facilities at least five days in advance. Such group use is not permitted on Holidays except as authorized by the Superintendent. Reservations for picnic areas are handled by the individual park area offices.
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.

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. For information, call (973) 702-1222.
Area Attractions
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.

Lake Marcia

The spring-fed 20-acre natural lake is 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.
Things To Do in the Area
Peters Valley Craft Center - Layton , NJArts/Cultural/Drama
Peters Valley is a non-profit education center and gallery for craft arts. Tour the studios on weekends during summer. Workshops May to September, 2 to 5 days. Expert instructors from US and abroad. Commute or sleep over for a mini-vacation close-to-home. Wood turning, weaving, jewelry, ceramics, blacksmithing, photography, papermaking, beading and more.
Web Site:
8.8 miles from park*
Black Walnut Country Inn and Stables - Milford, PAHorseback Riding
The Black Walnut Inn is a delightful English Tudor-style Bed Breakfast, tucked away on a 162-acre wooded estate in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, minutes from the Delaware River. Adjacent to thousands of acres of wooded trails. Overnight boarding available to Inn guests. Trail Rides.
Web Site:
11.5 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 14 best maintained park in n.j. by hpwarrior
Expert cedar shake roofing. By far best maint. Crew in the state. Maint. Specialist 1howell is amazing.
February 18 The Best Park by Fanny
As a child, living just 8 miles from High Point, we swam, picniked, hiked , etc. up at High Point almost daily. Our parents would drive us there and we would swim and explore all day. I love it there and still go there and show people i meet. I Love it.....
March 28 Excellent for Hiking by Jersey Boy
With Boy Scout Troop hiking AT south from monument for about 5 hours March 26: trail in excellent shape, beautiful vistas, light snow covered suroundings with occasional grove of scrub pine (reminiscent of Estes Park in CO). A must do/see.
September 12 What a Great Park! by wingleader09
I visited High Point State Park for the first time yesterday. What a nice park! Great picnic sites, camp sites and shelters. There are many wonderful trails for enjoying the flora and fauna of NJ as well. As a new resident of the Garden State, I very much appreciated this great park. I will be back!
September 1 lovely, lovely, lovely by karena
If you enjoy quaint mountaintop lakes with a beautiful clean beach, this state park is for you. it also has a monument that you can go that has incredible views. Worth the trip
May 28 childhood to adulthood by taz
i remember going to this park as a child and our family still goes there to this day. it is always clean and that i have children i will make it a point to take my children there to experience this beautiful park as i did when i was a child....
April 19 Unbelievable ! by Thunder Cat
In a crazy, chaotic, & often stress filled world; High Point State Park is one of the few places that continues to impress me. I can always expect to find something new while on one of the many hikes! There are inconceivable varieties of plants and wildlife. I saw my first porcupine, muskrat, and bald eagle while at HPSP. The park also has impressive camping accomodations, shelters for AT hikers, the beach, HP monument, and the observation deck (right off the scenic drive to the monument). I encourage all to explore nature and beg New Jersey to protect the Division of Parks and Forestry in what is already the most densly populated state.
September 27 humminbirds
love the energy/the beauty//got a visit from hummingbirds // rainbows and butterflies (was in july) going back in october with great friends and misic //fire//nature.....
August 18 A hidden treasure by Paul in NJ
My wife suggested that our family spend the day there. We loved it -- the beach is clean as is the lake (which is surprisingly warm). It is just so relaxing. We will visit again!
August 3 Nice Place by Manny
Very nice enviroment and well kept.
July 6 Great weekend ! by RJF
Over the 4th of July weekend we were at Sawmill Lake at HPSP. The sites have fire rings, picnic tables and individual parking. Flush toilets and water are within walking distance of each and every site. Sawmill is a very well maintained campground, easy for the first timers as well as the seasoned vets. The NJ State Park Police were prevalent and helpful. They curtailed an extremely large group (45+) that had rented several sites next to each other. The group was ?invading? and disrupting surrounding campers as well as the camp grounds. The State Park Police helped by addressing all of these issues on the spot. HPSP is a fantastic place to get away to and only a short ride from NJ and NY metropolitan area. 5+ Stars / AAA+
May 31 Trail took me to NY by Brandi kerekes
Haha, ok so there we were on the monument trail...we were following the green marks on the trees which then ended up taking us on the most rocky trail, and without hiking boot, with our typical everyday sneakers, we followed it and ended up walking right onto a road about 2 hours later. Five cars drive by and they had ny plates..uh I knocked on the door of a house near by, they told me we were in port jervis, ny and it was a 14 mile walk back if we took the road, so we just hopped back on the trail and walked back, up hill..we were hurting...haha, so it was pretty fun i shall say. Our poor feet would disagree...but I mean, 5 stars all the way, I had a good time!
May 28 Great memories
Used to there every summer and camp for week.used to swim in the lake but the beach has since been graveled over. Taking my son camping this summer. I love this place
March 7 Great park by karen ann
Beautiful mountain top park with swimming beach. Great for those Hot summer days. I had heard that the state of New Jersey was considering closing this park. I hope this does not happen. That would be terrible. I love this park.
February 11 use to go here when we were kids
this is one of the best memories i have, every summer when we were kids my mom and her husband would load a bunch of us kids into the car and we would go to high point,my mom would go to work from the site and us kids would stay and play the day away,, i am thinking of taking my grandkids here with some friends this summer, the problume is i dont know where to get any info on this site, so if someone can help that would be great happy camping
July 20
May 25 NJ - Armpit of America by Hegblade
Those of us in the know are happy the disparaging remarks about NJ persist. Our idyllic surrounding are second to none. High Point and Stokes are jewels. Keep it on the DL.
May 20 Second favorite place in the whole world by scarecrow
There is no place like HPSP and it was getting better every year(except for fireplace inserts at cabins) I go there quite often as --because of the beauty of HPSP I now live in similar surroundings--my first favorite place in the world. What idiots want to close it??

Area Campgrounds

Cedar Ridge Family Campgrounds
205 River Road
Montague, NJ

Rockview Valley Campground Resort
59 River Road
Montague, NJ

Harmony Ridge Farm & Campground
23 Risdon Drive
Branchville, NJ

Kymer's Camping Resort
69 Kymer's Road
Branchville, NJ

Beaver Hill Campground
120 Big Spring Road
Hardyston, NJ

Pleasant Acres Farm Campground
61 Dewitt Road
Sussex, NJ

Tall Timbers POA Inc.
100 Tall Timbers Road
Sussex, NJ

Area Fishing Related Businesses
Curt's Sporting Goods-Bait
390 State Route 97
Sparrow Bush, NY
(845) 856-5024

Cross Current Guide Service
100 Laurel Acres Rd
Milford, PA
(570) 296-6919

Matamoras Rod & Gun Club
120 Rod and Gun Club Rd
Milford, PA
(570) 409-9330

Area Cabins and Lodges
Greenville Inn
980 Us Route 6
Port Jervis, NY
(845) 856-3878

Malibu Dude Ranch
351 Foster Hill Rd
Milford, PA
(570) 296-7281

Myer Motel
600 Route 6 and 209
Milford, PA
(570) 296-7223

Milford Motel
591 Route 6 and 209
Milford, PA
(570) 296-6411

Eddy Farm Enterprises LLC
100 Eddy Farm Rd
Sparrow Bush, NY
(845) 858-4300

Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Comfort Inn Pocono Lakes Region - Lake Ariel, PAHotels/Motels
Located near popular recreational attractions, including the Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park, Steamtown National Historic Site and Promised Land State Park. NASCAR fans will enjoy a day at the races at nearby Pocono Raceway.
Web Site:
36.2 miles from park*
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Take Route 23 approximately 7 miles north of the town of Sussex, NJ, or 4 miles south of Port Jervis, NY.
Area Shopping
Peters Valley Craft Center Store - Layton , NJArts Crafts
The store at Peters Valley Craft Center offers original handcrafted art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, and home furnishings. Unique items from over 300 artists offer distinctive ideas to embellish the home, treat yourself, or to select for a gift. Visit the Gallery upstairs for our latest exhibit of fine art craft.
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8.8 miles from park*

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