High Point via Appalachian Trail

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High Point State Park

High Point via Appalachian Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wantage, New Jersey that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Length6.3 miElevation gain1,177 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingSnowshoeingBeachForestViewsScrambleHistoric site
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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.

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Dustin Wright
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Great! Snow is almost gone... no spikes needed!

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Jake Taylor
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Muddy and obviously a ton of snow this time of year. With the right equipment definitely worth it.

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Keith Mason
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Hiking
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Chantal Wood
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HikingGreat!

Pretty easy 4.5 miles. Went to both the high point and the observation tower. About an inch of snow, not too slippery, bare-booted the whole way.

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Michael Di Iorio
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HikingGreat!

Rocky and decent incline at the start. Weather was perfect with little to no mud (low 30s). Views from top quite nice, can see PA & NY. For a group of new hikers it was the perfect starter trail!

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Fei Chin
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Hiking

Very rocky and slow going.

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James Hupp
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Hiking

The hike up on the AT was a bit icy, muddy, and rocky, but nothing to worry about if you’re wearing trail runners or hiking boots. It’s enough of a workout that you’ll need to lose layers in the cold, but it’s not technically difficult. Not much for views until you get up to the High Point, but up there you can see for miles. Piece of cake for a reasonably fit dog, too.

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Trystin Figel
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HikingGreat!Muddy
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Robert Reinhard
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Hiking

The trail was challenging because of 8-10 inches of snow. Large loose rocks and logs were hard to see until they were stepped on. There were some snow drifts that were probably 15 in deep where we started from that covered the board steps up the first incline. There were lots of animal tracks in the snow because of the recent snow. There were lots of deer, rabbit and mouse tracks. A few tracks from foxes and one set of bear tracks. For hiking in the snow, a snow plow had cleared a spot to park but there was only enough room for two cars max. All trails lost signal and did not record the entire hike.

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Tara McLaughlin
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HikingGreat!

This is a really fun trail. We’ve done it with toddlers in carriers, and really enjoyed the summit views.

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Andrew Butler
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Kate Elizabeth
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Hiking

Nice way to see the high point! Moderate trail with awesome views at the summit and at the AT platform. Leave it to NJ to have the 10th lowest high point and the 1st largest high point monument!

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RJ KUKA
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Joseph Trybala
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Hiking

Slippery rocks are a hazard.

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Michael Gary
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A pretty moderate hike with some great views. Rocky, generally, but manageable for all skill levels. The wooden observation deck is nice and provides terrific photo taking.

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David Voremberg
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RJ KUKA
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Rooster Rooster
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Hiking

Great trail. Challenging and fun. Lots of neat surprises. Saw a black bear. Smaller one. Probably youth sized. More like a scaredy cat lol.

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Nirmala Talloju
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HikingGreat!

Yes, the parking lot is for 4 cars only, however this is moderately trafficked trail, when we arrived around 8 am on Sunday, there was only one other car. When we were leaving around 12, there were 4 other cars. We went to the AT Observation Platform first, then hiked upto the High Point Visitor center, then went to High Point Veteran’s Monument by passing AT Observation Platform again. It took us 3 hrs 22 minutes for the hike. Did not come across many people on the trail but High Point Veteran’s Monument was very very crowded. Trail intensity was moderate and it was nice and quiet. We enjoyed the hike and would recommend it. Most of the hike was under the shade.

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Dan Richfield
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chuck Davenport
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Lauren Olivola
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Great trail! It's a 4-car lot so be sure to get there early. I only went up to the wooden observatory and didn't go down any further. We saw High Point and Lake Marsha (unmarked on AllTrails but very closeby what's marked on AllTrails). You can swim at Lake Marsha and had more people around. Otherwise, most people were at the monument itself and a couple people were on the trail going back. Wear good shoes as it gets rocky.

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Leocadio Garza
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Elizabeth Pace Hughes
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Melinda Holly
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We began early and the small lot was full upon returning. The trail was very nice and there were only people at high point. Good elevation gains. Quite rocky- wear proper shoes!

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Vanessa de Jesus
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Very rocky! Be sure you are wearing proper hiking shoes/boots with ankle support. The turn around point was anti climactic and felt random, but the jersey high point was worth it. Only space for about 4 cars in parking lot next to road. Very few people except at High point.

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