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Best trails in High Point State Park

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Looking for a great trail in High Point State Park, New Jersey? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in High Point State Park ranging from 3.5 to 29 miles and from 1,056 to 1,797 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

High Point State Park is a popular destination for hikers, skiers, campers and anglers. The feature attraction is High Point Monument located 1,803 feet above sea level and offering panoramic views. Seasonal Hours: April 1 through October 31: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm November 1 through March 31: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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Map of trails in High Point State Park
Park information
Acreage:
15,827 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Contact
(973) 875-4800
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Top trails (13)
#1 - Monument Trail Loop
High Point State Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
Monument Trail Loop has some uphill hiking. Well marked the Read/Green trail, takes between 2-3 hours. High Point State Park Hours Open daily April 1 through October 31: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm November 1 through March 31: 8:00 am to 4:30 pmShow more
#2 - Iris Trail to Lake Rutherford via Appalachian Trail
High Point State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
#3 - High Point via Appalachian Trail
High Point State Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
A more Rewarding Way to 'Summit' the High Point of NJ than driving it is this westerly route up the eastern slope of the ridge. You will ascend around 900 feet in elevation to the summit. Also, close to the top, there is a wooden observation deck.Show more
#4 - Sawmill Lake To Monument High Point
High Point State Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
Awesome trail - can get a little difficult at times! Be prepared for rocks and inclines! Show more
#5 - White Cedar Swamp Trail
High Point State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
#6 - Sunrise Mountain via Appalachian Trail
High Point State Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 26 m
The hike starts on the A.T. Parking off of Deckertown. The terrain is fairly easy rolling in the start and rocky at times. You go through some nice hardwood forest with Mt laurel along the sides. Eventually the trail does a short climb to sunrise Mt. On top of the summit there is a big picnic pavilion you can go into to avoid the harsh winds. The summit itself is rare due to the harsh climate on top. The trees that grow are small and bent from the winds. In the summer it is not uncommon to see rattlesnakes bathing on the rocks. The views are great. You can see the wallkill valley, NJ Highlands, Pochuck Mtns, Delaware valley, Catskills, and the Poconos. This is also a great hike to do on snowshoes.Show more
#7 - Blue Dot Trail, Appalachian Trail, Iris Trail Loop From Sawmill Lake
High Point State Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 9 m
This is a hike from Sawmill Lake Campground. The Blue Dot Trail starts at the campsite. If you are not staying at the campground there is a 2-car parking pullout at the trailhead but you should check at the park office if not. Once close to the top you will get a nice westward view overlooking Sawmill Lake. The Blue Dot trail ends at Appalachian Trail which traverses a mountain ridge while going south. You get some nice views to both West & East, at one point nicely overlooking Lake Rutherford. There is a not-too-long side trail to Rutherford Shelter marked with blue blazes.  You then return to the AT and follow it to intersection with Iris Trail which is marked with red dot blazes. While following Iris Trail you come close to Lake Rutherford where the trail turns sharply left while a woods road going straight enters a private off-limits area at the lake. There are bears in this area so please be careful. If you are into geocaching there a number of caches that are up for grabs not too far off the trail along the loop. Iris trail itself is a rather easy walk all the way almost to the park office. Before you reach the end of Iris trail there is a short blue trail on the right that will take you to parking area that is accessible from Rt 23. Iris trail ends at intersection with AT and it was a quick hike back to Blue Dot Trail and back to the campsite. You can also shorten the hike a bit if you don't visit Rutherford Shelter.Show more
#8 - Iris Trail via Appalachian Trail
High Point State Park
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Length: 29 mi • Est. Multi-day
Park in Appalachian Trail lot (about 1/3 mile before High Point State Park lot). Follow blue blaze trail .25mile, turn right on red/white blaze trail .2 mile junction with AT. Turn left. Follow AT along east ridge, swings to west ridge. Views of Lake Rutherford and swamp on left. Large rock formation (Dutch Shoe Rock) on left has great views and good place to take a break. Continue on AT, turn left at signs for Rutherford Shelter. This cuts a bit off the trail takes you past AT shelter and follows unmarked trail (easily found in front of shelter) through woods to red/white marked Iris Trail. Follow this trail past lake and all the way back to junction w/blue blaze- turn right and you are at parking lot. Very well marked and pleasant hike. Show more
#9 - Sawmill Lake Trail
High Point State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 27 m
#10 - Lusscroft Tour
High Point State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
Hike through old sugar maple forests, across streams, along ponds and fields and to the top of the Kittatinny Ridge. Catch a glimpse of the historic Lusscroft Farm. The Lusscroft Tour hike starts at the gate.Show more
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