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Welcome!

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

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Weekend Programs Fall 2014

An Artful Study of Leaves

September 28, 2014 from 1:30 AM to 3:00 AM

For families with children ages 4 to 10 years old. Fees: $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-4800. Fees must be paid before the program begins at the Park Office. Calling all budding artists! Join us for an afternoon class in the study of leaves. We will take a short nature walk to observe the colorful palette of trees at High Point and to collect leaves for closer study. Once back at the Interpretive Center, we will identify our leaves, examine them with an artist’s eye, and use them for inspiration as we create autumn masterpieces. Participants will take home a finished artful study of their favorite leaf.

Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride

October 4, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Come enjoy the beauty of fall at High Point with the Friends of High Point State Park! Bring your own bicycle (and helmet) for a lovely ride on the loop around Ridge Road and Saw Mill Road. A few short stops will be made along the way to point out things of interest. Bring your own lunch and we will picnic at Saw Mill Lake. On the return, we will walk or ride our bikes along the historical Ayers Trail. We will meet at the Winter Parking Lot at 11 am and should be back around 2 pm.  Call 973-702-0488 for registration and questions.

Autumn Park Scavenger Hunt

October 5, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

For all ages. Free. Team up with Family and Friends to search High Point State Park for natural and historic facts and artifacts. Suitable for all ages ‘ this scavenger hunt can be difficult or easy as you make it, and resourcefulness and creativity will count in this friendly competition. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Nature from A to Z: Mountaintop Edition

October11, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Families with children ages five to ten. Free. After a quick review of the alphabet, we’ll explore the top of Kittatinny Mountain around the Monument searching for natural items that correspond to the letters of the alphabet. “A” is for acorn. What will we find for “Z”?

Yoga on the Mountain

October 17, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. No experience necessary, but you’ll want to bring a yoga mat.  Registration is recommended - call 973-702-0488. Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park.  Suggested Donation: $5.00. Proceeds support future Yoga on the Mountain Programs and other Friends of High Point programs and events.

Annual Open Hearth Cooking Day

October 25, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Step back in time and see how food was prepared before there were electric stoves and microwave ovens. You’ll see how food can be cooked on a wood fire and will get to taste the results. There will also be crafts for kids. Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park. All ages. Event is free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Proceeds support future Friends of High Point State Park programs and events.

High Point Highlights Hike

November 1, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

For adults and teens. Fees: $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-4800. This hike has a lot of variety. From the easiest of surfaces (pavement) to one of the most challenging (the rocky Appalachian Trail), from a level lakeside foot path to a steep climb up to the Monument and back down again. On this 2.5 to 3 mile loop you’ll explore the heart of High Point’s historic district and the distinctive habitats that make the Kittatinny Ridge unique. We’ll meet in the parking lot at the site of the former Kuser Mansion. (On left as you turn to go up to the Interpretive Center.) This is a fairly challenging hike. You’ll want sturdy shoes and may want to bring water.

Yoga on the Mountain

November 8, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. No experience necessary, but you’ll want to bring a yoga mat. Registration is recommended - call 973-702-0488. Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park.  Suggested Donation: $5.00. Proceeds support future Yoga on the Mountain Programs and other Friends of High Point programs and events.

Plant and Animal Protection

November 8, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

For Families with children ages five to ten years old. Fees: $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-4800. Sometimes the best offense is a good defense! From prickles and spines to camouflage, both plants and animals have many ways of protecting themselves. We’ll explore plants and animals that are on the defensive through games and activities, and weather permitting, will take a short walk to see if we can find defenders in action.