The view from High Point Monument, at 1,803 feet above sea level, is a spectacular panorama of rich farmland and forest, soft hills and lush valleys in three states. The blue line of the Delaware River divides the verdant ridges of New Jersey from those of Pennsylvania. High Point offers superb trails for hikers and skiers and quiet spots for campers and anglers. 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 the eminent Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park.
My recording did not match the loop as shown but most of the trails are well marked and easy to follow.
I started off at the Gate House and headed up the road to the Americorps Valley trail (blue) on the right. Crossed Nielson Road and took Tenderfoot trail (Pink) to the Spring House. Explorer trail (blue) to Old Swenson Farm trail (yellow) then an unmarked trail to Americorps Mtn trail (blue). The Shortcut trail (orange) brings you back to Nielson Road and becomes Sugarbush trail (brown). Leprechaun trail (green) to Jenine/Ed/Mike/Audrey trail (yellow). I took Great trail (red) on the right which met up with the blue trail through a cornfield and back to the trailhead.
Overall a nice tour of the Lusscroft Farm area. Some vernal pools and old farm buildings to check out. Lots of wildlife.
I started out on the Explorer trail (blue) and went past the Outlook Lodge to Old Swenson Farm trail (yellow). I could not find the remainder of the loop as shown despite following the unmarked trail all the way to Wyker Farmhouse. There was heavy brush, barbed wire fencing, and no trespassing signage. Also my Lusscroft Farm Trails map does not show any routes in that direction.
Since there was freezing rain and I was hiking in fresh snow I decided to cut my losses and head home. I backtracked and took the Americorps Mtn trail (blue) to the Shortcut trail (orange) and back to the yellow trail. I took the Tenderfoot trail (pink) to the Spring House and back to the trailhead on Neilson Rd.
I will return to explore this area more. There are cool old buildings, lots of animal tracks, and a few hunter tree stands. Since I came here in February I did not encounter any ticks, but I will be sure to wear repellent clothing if I am back in warmer months.
It was great. Definitely need a hiking shoe on to do it. The jagged rocks were killing my feet thru my sneakers & the leaves covering the rocks this time of year left me unable to tell what i was stepping down on. Great weather and a great trail w/ beautiful views.