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.
Need directions? Click on the link above.

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.

Homeschool Hikes

For homeschoolers age ten and up. 
Pre-registration is required - call 973-875-4800. 
Fee: $3 per child (must be accompanied by an adult.)

These easy to moderate, naturalist-led hikes will range between one to three miles and are a great opportunity for older homeschoolers to get a little fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning a bit about nature and history along the way.

AT Platform

September 18, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

We’ll travel  a little over a mile round-trip on this moderate hike to the observation platform on the Appalachian Trail. Along the way we’ll observe seasonal changes and will hope for a view of migrating raptors from atop the platform. Most of the walking will be easy, but there are some stretches with a rocky, uneven trail surface and short but moderate climbs.

Lake Rutherford

October 23, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

This week we’ll walk an easy three miles, round-trip, to beautiful Lake Rutherford. Along the way we’ll check out one of High Point’s former slate quarries, and an abandoned beaver habitat, and may search for a geocache along the way.

Mystery Destination

November 20, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

We’re waiting to see what the weather is like to decide where to go on this final hike of the fall season. Check back in early November – the mystery should be solved by then!

  • Fees must be paid before the program begins either by phone/credit card or in person at the Park Office. 
  • Younger siblings may accompany us IF they are physically capable of keeping up with the group, or are young enough to be carried. 
  • Some trails may be navigable by “all-terrain” strollers, but not all. Please ask when you register. 
  • There is no additional charge for carried siblings.

Iris Trail in Autumn