Explore the most popular hiking trails in High Point State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike to see magnanimous Atlantic white cedars available only in this trail. Hemlocks are enigmatic too. At the fag end of the trail, I lost my way and started walking north toward NYNJ border. Soon realized and walked south to reach parking. Nice boardwalk near swamp where snow is still melting. Mosses are beautiful and form a carpet on the water. Difficult to imagine it was a 12 feet deep lake 15,000 years ago.

It’s a great mid-distance loop. A nice mixture of climbs and flat terrain. You’ll pass hardwood trees, a flowing creek, a small lake, and some nice overlooks. It’s a great way for new high pointers to check a state high point off the list. If you are a high pointer, I recommend going clockwise on the trail so you climb into the high point near the end of your hike.

on Monument Trail Loop

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike not very challenging in terrain but good elevation. There’s a couple of scenic out cropping . Trail is well marked . Upset that the state line isn’t marked . I know silly . Just has posted trespassing signs

Conditions as of 3-31-18
Snow is sporadic and deep in spots . mostly dry overall .

Cool spot being the highest point of NJ .

hiking
5 months ago

Nice little hike around the top of the mountain. All the really good views can be seen from the monument which is awesome

Very peaceful. I walked the entire trail today, and never saw another person. Trail gets pretty rocky at parts, and slippery from all of the leaves.

It was a really well marked trail! A bit confusing once you hit the monument though. I would definitely recommend.

Agree with Kshitish's comments. I got way way off trail a few times - the new 15 mile trail needs to be marked better. The first part of the trail I covered was beautiful, there was some evidence of bear activity however. But once that trail hit the road I completely lost track of where I was supposed to go. It also seems strange to me to choose to use blue dots while there is a blue dot Appalachian trail that connects to this. Don't follow my track!

hiking
8 months ago

I thought the trail was great but being an out of stater, I had to pay $20. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth so I'm only giving this place 3 stars.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail! Hiked the trail so that we would come to the monument towards the end of the hike. We had the trail completely to ourselves. Didn't see anyone until we came to the parking lot by the monument, and there were only about 10 other people there. Once we were back on the trail it was empty. Great views throughout the hike. Well marked trail. There are restrooms when you get to the monument parking lot. Planning on doing this one again in the fall when the leaves are changing.

Quick hike for you soul

Found no ticks during July. Makes for a great, slow hike or cool run!

hiking
9 months ago

This is a easy, level trail that surrounds Sawmill Lake. It passes a number of primitive campsites and has views of the lake. It's about a mile around and would be good for kids or just to get out and stretch you legs. The lake would also be a good place to take kids bluegill fishing.

Blue dot was a fun climb and decent. The AT and Iris were mainly plain sailing. All three trails were very rocky, however, so prepare to have your feet and ankles banged up a little. But it's worth it for some beautiful vistas.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun but moderately trafficked trail that leads to the monument. Some parts of trail are rocky and steep, but take your time and it's a breeze.

hiking
10 months ago

Gets a little rocking so make sure you wear good hiking books

Trail was mostly flat with peaceful views. I enjoyed the boardwalk. Just watch out for ticks. I removed about 4 of them.

hiking
Thursday, May 04, 2017

Did this trail in the tail end of a snowstorm that dumped 6-8 inches, made it challenging. There were high winds at the monument, great views all around when the snow finally stopped, and not a soul in sight. March 2017, park roads weren't cleared at 10 a.m. because it was still snowing, so I couldn't drive any further than Lake Marcia and hiked up from there. Great little hike with some stairs-like sections.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Good start from the back end no at mount it's better l think have a great hike

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Visited this area in August. Found nice views from Monument and very vivid nature around it.

Friday, February 17, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

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.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fun hike with a group of Boy Scouts. Parking is close to the monument. Can be steep in spots but fairly easy overall.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

I had a good hike. It was a bit challenging but it was a fun trail. I did monument trail but there are many more trails to explore.

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Good trail great for beginners or dog walkers pretty flat for the most part.

Friday, October 21, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

nice hike with plenty of trees and some views

Monday, September 05, 2016

Hiked with the kids! Climbed to the top of the monument - great workout wonderful views

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

loved this trail..... and so did my dog. Medium level but lots of different scenery. Had a lot of fun on this Trail

Friday, August 12, 2016

Very good!

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

This trail has no recent uploads here and the new blue trail is 15 miles long unlike the prior uploaded track.
We got off trail quite a bit and ended up on the Appalachian backbone trail. We ended up doing a in and out instead of a loop due to that and with significantly less miles, just under 13. The terrain is moderately rugged and while the elevation is not something most regular hikers will worry much about, the combination of miles, changes in elevation and the typical northeast rocky terrain under your feet will make you realize the full 15 miles of this beautiful trail. It can get very lonely as it does not appear to be a very popular trail.

Load More