Welcome to the High Point State Park blog - your source for information about nature and history programs in the Park. High Point is located in the northwestern corner of New Jersey in rural Sussex County.

Please call the Interpretive Center at 973.875.1471 if you have questions about park programs, or email us at highpointprograms@gmail.com.

For questions about hiking, camping, swimming, picnicking or other information, please call the park office at 973.875.4800 or go to the official website for High Point State Park and the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry.
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Monthly Calendar

To view the full program description in Google Calendar, click on the program title, then click on the "more details" link at the bottom of the expanded entry, and a new window will open with all the program information. You can also switch between "monthly, "weekly," and "agenda" views by clicking on the tabs in the upper right corner. To create a printer-friendly calendar, click on the icon to the left of the tabs. To advance through the months click on the forward/backward arrows at the top left of the calendar.

Snow! In October?

A surprise October snowstorm deposited over a foot of snow at High Point on Tuesday, October 28, 2008. See the pictures below! (To view the slide show, click the green arrow OR to view the album and a larger slide show, click on the tiny Picasa logo on the bottom right corner of the viewing pane, and then click on the album title.)

Yoga on the Mountain III

Come and enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body! The Friends of High Point are hosting a morning yoga class in the Interpretive Center on Saturday, November 8th at 9:30 a.m. The class is open to all levels, but class size is limited and registration is required. Please call 973-702-0488.

Support High Point and Celebrate the Season!

Show your support for High Point and Celebrate the Season on December 13th!
The Friends of High Point winter meeting will take place on Saturday, December 13th at 1:00 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. New members are always welcome. Stop in and get involved!

After the meeting, the Friends are hosting a holiday celebration at 3:00 p.m. There will be treats, hot chocolate, and holiday music by the fire in the Interpretive Center and we’ll make natural ornaments to adorn the trees outside. Everyone is welcome to come join us and help celebrate the season.

At 7:00 p.m. there will be a naturalist-guided full moon walk beginning at the Park Office on Route 23. Bundle up and come see High Point in a different light! Pre-registration is required for this walk. Please call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com.

The Poetry of High Point State Park

Rose Leaf and Lavender Autumn Tea

Throughout High Point's history, the mountain and the park have been the inspiration for and subject of a number of poems. Join us in discovering poetry's place in the history of High Point while in enjoy an autumn tea by the fire.

You are welcome to write and share an original nature or High Point-themed poem. All ages are encouraged to attend and participate, and there will be a craft activity for children. Please bring your own teacup or coffee mug to help us reduce waste. Registration is required. Please call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com.

This poem was written in the mid-1850s by William Kitchell, the geologist who first identified the peak of Kittatinny Mountain as the highest elevation in New Jersey.

Volunteer Work Day

The Friends of High Point State Park will be sponsoring a work day at Sawmill Lake on Sunday, October 26, 2008. The goal of the day is to clean up, clear, and repair the walking trail around the Sawmill Lake Camping area. All ages are encouraged to come pitch in. We'll be doing simple litter clean-up, as well as weed cutting and minor bridge repairs.

Work will be ongoing from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All volunteers are asked to come register at the dam by to the boat launch prior to beginning work.

Built in the 1930s by the Civilain Conservation Corps, Sawmill Lake and it's campgrounds are one of the most beautiful spots at High Point. Bring a picnic lunch with you and take a break to enjoy the autumn colors and the lovely setting!

For more information or to pre-register, contact Michael Bender at 973-347-4722 or michaelbender1@hotmail.com.

Joe-pie weed is one of the many wildflowers that grow along the banks of Sawmill Lake.