High Point State Park

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High Point State Park
View of the High Point Monument from the Appalachian Trail.jpg
View of the High Point Monument from the Appalachian Trail
Location Sussex County
Nearest city Wantage Township, New Jersey
Coordinates 41°18′00″N 74°41′30″W / 41.30000°N 74.69167°W / 41.30000; -74.69167Coordinates: 41°18′00″N 74°41′30″W / 41.30000°N 74.69167°W / 41.30000; -74.69167
Area 15,413 acres (62.37 km2)
Established 1923
Governing body New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry

High Point State Park is a state park located in Sussex County in the Skylands Region of Northwestern New Jersey, near the border with New York. The park covers 15,413 acres. Part of the Kittatinny Mountains, the highest point in the state of New Jersey sits in the northern reaches of the park. Route 23 skirts the park and provides access for visitors from the New Jersey suburbs and from points in New York State. The park is administered by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.

Entrance fees are only charged from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day: $5.00 on weekdays and $10.00 on weekends.[1]

High Point Monument, built at High Point, located at 1,803 feet above sea level (the highest point in New Jersey, hence the name), offers views of farmland and forest, hills and valleys in three states, out to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where the Delaware River separates the ridges of New Jersey from those of Pennsylvania. High Point offers trails for hiking and cross-country skiing and areas for camping and fishing.

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 Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park.[2]

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.[3]

High Point Monument[edit]

High Point Monument

The monument was built to honor war veterans, through the generosity of the Kusers. Construction began in 1928 and completed in 1930. At the top of the 220 foot structure (the base is 34 square feet), observers have a spectacular 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.[4] At the top of New Jersey's tallest knob, the Monument is an obelisk monument similar to other war monuments, such as the one located on Bunker Hill in Massachusetts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry - High Point State Park, accessed October 24, 2006
  2. ^ Walker, T. "High Point State Park, a New Jersey park located near Middletown, Milford and Newton". www.stateparks.com. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "High Point State Park – Monument Trail | njHiking.com". njHiking.com. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Higgins, Jr., Patrick. "High Point State Park Monument". www.njskylands.com. Skylands Visitor Magazine. 

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