|Distance||0.4 miles roundtrip|
|Terrain||A few hills|
- Panoramic views from the highest point in New Jersey
- Climbing the massive stone obelisk
My 14th state highpoint brought me to another interesting place, the northwest corner of New Jersey and the massive stone monument crowning the top of the creatively named High Point. At a whopping 1,803 feet above sea level, this highpoint is shorter than the highpoints in otherwise flat Midwestern states like Kansas and Nebraska. However, High Point has over 800 feet of topographic prominence, making it feel more like a highpoint than the flat spots in those states. Whether you care about highpoints or not, this is a fun day trip to escape civilization and enjoy some nature!
Before or after you visit the monument, I highly recommend stopping at the Lake Marcia Bathhouse for the picturesque view of the monument pictured below. There's also a beach there if it's warm enough to swim!
Dogs are allowed on leash. The area around the monument is accessible, and designated parking is available up the hill near the monument. This is a kid friendly destination and people of all ages can enjoy the sights from the overlook; it is not recommended for children to climb the stairs to the top of the monument. You can visit the highpoint any time of the year, but note that the interior of the monument is closed between Columbus Day and Memorial Day weekend. In the winter, the road to the parking lot may be closed due to weather. Expect to see other people when you visit.
High Point State Park is about 2 hours from New York City. Use the Google Maps link below to navigate the web of highways in New Jersey required to reach this far northeast corner of the state.
Google Maps Directions
Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Each vehicle must pay a park entrance fee from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. New Jersey residents pay $5 on weekdays or $10 on weekends; non-residents pay $10 on weekdays or $20 on weekends. No fee is necessary after Labor Day until the following Memorial Day weekend. Restrooms and water are available in the building near the parking lot.