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.

May Programs

Sunset Yoga on the Mountain
Saturday, May 2 from 7 PM to 8:15 PM
For all levels. Registration is required. Call 973-702-0488. Come and enjoy the view from the Interpretive Center while relaxing your mind and body! Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park.

Sunset/Moonrise Hike

Friday, May 8 from 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Adults/Children ages 10 and up. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Come hike a 1-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail to an observation platform where we’ll watch the sun set in the west and the full moon rise in the eastern sky. This hike is moderately strenuous with some steep portions and a rocky, uneven trail surface. Sturdy shoes are recommended. We will return to our cars by moonlight via an easier route.

Spring from A to Z Hike

Saturday, May 9 from 11 AM to 12 PM
Families w/children ages 4 to 8. Registration is not required. Meet at the Steenykill Boat Launch. Come take a walk on a portion of the Steenykill trail. Along the way we’ll search for signs of spring and natural items that correspond to the letters of the alphabet. “A” is for anemone...will you be able to find “Z”?

Bird Walk (Not for Early Birds!)

Saturday, May 16 from 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Adults/Children ages 8 and up. Registration is not required. Come take an afternoon stroll in search of colorful migrating warblers and other spring arrivals. We’ll meet at the Park Office on Route 23 and will travel to a few hot spots. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them. A limited number will be available to borrow.

Blooming Bog Walk

Saturday, May 23 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adults/children ages 8 and up. Registration is not required. The cedar bog in High Point’s Kuser Natural Area is home to a number of uncommon plant species, many of which are blooming in May. Come take an easy, 2.5 mile naturalist-guided walk through the bog. Meet at the entrance to the Cedar Swamp Trail.

Stream Study

Saturday, May 30 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Adults/Children ages 6 and up. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Discover who (or what) lives in and along one of High Point’s streams. You’ll want to wear boots or old sneakers since it’s bound to be wet and muddy (even if you don’t fall in!). You may also want to wear insect repellent.

Volunteer Work Days at Sawmill Lake

The Friends of High Point State Park are sponsoring volunteer work days at Sawmill lake on Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th. Anyone interested in lending a hand should go to campsite 27 to register/check-in any time between 9 AM and 5 PM on either day.

This spring volunteers will be clearing branches that may be blocking the trail after the winter's ice storms, picking up litter, and working to make areas that flood regularly more passable.

It's recommended that you wear work clothes, including a long-sleeved shirt and work gloves (if you have them), and bring water to drink.

Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy along the lake, and don't forget to take a break from your work to appreciate this beautiful area, created by the Civilian Conservation Corps nearly 70 years ago. The Friends will also provide some refreshments for volunteers.

With cutbacks in state budgets, there is a need for volunteers to take to take more of an interest in maintaining the parks that we all enjoy.

Those who would like to pre-register can do so by emailing michaelbender1@hotmail.com , or by calling 973-347-4722 and leaving a message.