Parker Loop High Point Trail

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High Point State Park

Parker Loop High Point Trail is a 19.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Montague Township, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 19.0 km Elevation Gain: 473 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers

This loop takes you through some great forest of Hemlocks, Beach, Oak, Sugar, Red Maples, and Birch trees. Along the Howell, Cartwright, and Criss trails you go along many creeks. Like the Flatbrook, Criss, Forked and Parker Brooks, making for a very scenic hike, especially with the Foliage. You will also cross over a wild Trout Stream, the Parker Brook. Along the loop you come to one great viewpoint overlooking Stokes, High Point and the Poconos. Down in the Valleys you also come to old stone foundations from farms that once worked the land. There is a dried-up well along the Cartwright Trail and many springs along the Howell trail. Along the Flatbrook there is an old foundation from a Grist Mill.

23 days ago

What a great hike! We saw the gamut of wildlife including newts, deer, a bald eagle, and even a black bear. We went counterclockwise and did have some trouble finding the trail near the sawmill campground- ended up bushwacking up to the road. Despite two maps saying otherwise, I think the green trail is on the 'other' side of the river from where we were. Also, alltrails clocked in at 14.3, which seems disproportionately greater than the 11.8 cited on the original map. Still easily worth all the pain.

Second time doing this trail! I would absolutely recommend doing the same! The first two miles (coming in from the road) are a bit dry as there’s not a lot of scenery aside from trees and leaves, but then you hit the river and you have a full mile of on the water scenery that you walk parallel with. It is truly stunning and a beautiful cool down as you’re hiking! Then you pass some old farm scenery before hitting the next crossroads at mile 4! Gorgeous day!

off trail
1 month ago

Not much scenery in the beginning. The river just off the first blue dot trail was beautiful though. Cold and damp conditions. Be cautious of the mud and puddles.

off trail
over grown
private property
Mon May 27 2019

Diverse set of biomes covered in this trail, including low land marshes, rivers, rocky inclines, and the Appalachian trail. Unfortunately, route seems to have a few outdated sections where trails don't technically exist anymore. More often than preferred will stumble upon rented property, especially midway through the hike. Expect bushwacking occasionally before reaching "yellow dot" trail toward "swenson" and the AT. GPS will lead you off the trail in later sections of Swenson as well. All together a good hike. Challenging at points but very fulfilling once completed.

Sun Apr 21 2019

lots of changes to this original recording. I would recommend alternatively to hike the blue trail. still a fun outing. if you do follow the original recording, when you get to the hike along the river I would recommend hiking the opposite side (on blue trail) than the app says.

Fri May 25 2018

Just hiked half but loved the trail. Not another soul on the trail in 4 hours!

Sat Oct 28 2017

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!

Tue Jul 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.

7 months ago