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Welcome!

Welcome to the High Point State Park blog - your source for information about nature and history programs in the Park. High Point is located in the northwestern corner of New Jersey in rural Sussex County.

Please call the Interpretive Center at 973.875.1471 if you have questions about park programs, or email us at highpointprograms@gmail.com.

For questions about hiking, camping, swimming, picnicking or other information, please call the park office at 973.875.4800 or go to the official website for High Point State Park and the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry.
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Monthly Calendar

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Summer 2016 Calendar of Events

Sawmill Lake from A to Z
Saturday, June 4 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
This is a fun and informal way to discover High Point. Come join the park naturalist for a walk around Sawmill Lake and look for natural items that begin with each letter of the alphabet. “A” is for acorn. Can you find “X”? Suitable for families with children ages four and up. Meet by the Sawmill Lake Boat Launch. 

Bird Craft
Saturday, June 11 from 7:00 to 7:30 PM

Join us for a quick and colorful craft that features our feathered friends. Fly away when you’re done, or stay to learn more about the songs and sounds that birds make. Suitable for families with children ages five and up. Meet in the Interpretive Center.

Bird Talk isn’t Cheep!
Saturday, June 11 from 7:30 to 8:30 PM

Ever wonder what all the chirps, whistles, and squawks coming from the treetops mean? Come learn about bird songs and calls and find out what all the bird talk is about. For adults and children ages five and up. Meet in the Interpretive Center. 

Yoga on the Mountain
Friday, June 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body! All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat. Walk-ins are welcome; however, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is canceled. To register, please call 973-702-0488. A minimum donation of $5.00 per class recommended. Yoga on the Mountain is sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park, and all proceeds go to support this and other Friends of High Point State Park programs and events. For more information on the Friends of High Point State Park and their programs, please visit www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com.

Solstice Sunset Hike
Saturday, June 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

This strenuous hike up the Blue Dot Trail affords a beautiful viewpoint from which to watch the sunset on one of the longest days of the year. Round-trip this hike covers about 2.5 miles and requires some strength and agility. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are a must. Recommended for adults and children ages ten and up. Meet at the Sawmill Lake Boat Launch. 

Cedar Bog Walk
Thursday, June 23 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Explore High Point’s unique cedar bog on an easy two-mile hike with the park naturalist. While there are no guarantees, some of the laurels. lilies, and iris should be in bloom. You may want to wear insect repellent and bring drinking water. Meet at the Cedar Swamp trailhead located at the dead end in the Cedar Swamp picnic area. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Family Nature Program: Come Fly a Kite!
Friday, June 24 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us Friday mornings for family-friendly nature activities suitable for all ages. High Point is one of the windiest places in New Jersey! Come hear a story about the wind and make a simple kite that really flies. Bring a lunch and spend the day – have a picnic, play at the playgrounds, take a swim at the beach, or go for a walk! Meet at the Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Concert on the Beach: E3 Featuring Members of Emish
Saturday, June 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

The Friends of High Point State Park invite you to join them this summer for magical evenings of music in the park. Bring your family and friends up the mountain for a day of fun, then stay for a fabulous concert on the beach. Spread a blanket out on the grass and enjoy a picnic supper. Dance barefooted in the sand. Summer nights were made for music under the setting sun!

Admission to the summer concert series at High Point State Park is free, but a suggested donation of $5 or more per adult is appreciated. Lawn seating - bring your own blankets and chairs. All concerts are family friendly events. Picnicking is encouraged, but alcohol is prohibited. Concessions will be available. Park entrance fees apply before 4 PM. In the event of rain, the concert will take place in the Interpretive Center. For more information on the Friends of High Point State Park and their programs, please visit www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com.


Family Nature Program: Bubble-ology
Friday, July 1 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us Friday mornings for family-friendly nature activities suitable for all ages. This week, come experiment with bubbles big and small. Rain or shine – a damp day actually makes better bubbles! Bring a lunch and spend the day – have a picnic, play at the playgrounds, take a swim at the beach, or go for a walk! Meet at the Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Forest and Frog Walk
Saturday, July 2 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM

Join the park naturalist for an easy half mile walk on a portion of the Mashipacong Trail, then learn a bit about High Point’s frogs as we check out the amphibious residents of the pond in front of the Park Office. Suitable for families with children ages five and up. Meet at the Park Office.

5,000 Steps, 60 Floors, and History Highlights!
Sunday, July 3 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Join us for a high energy circuit of High Point State Park’s historic district. If you’re a Fitbit-er, you’ll get approximately 5,000 steps, and will climb the equivalent of 60 flights of stairs (earning the “Lighthouse” badge for the day). If you’re not a Fitbit fanatic, you’ll get some exercise and will see some of High Point’s historic...high points. This will be a vigorous walk with five or six planned stops that are significant to High Point’s history, including the site of the Kuser Mansion and the Monument, but the rest of the time we’ll keep up a brisk pace (15-17 minutes per mile). Plan to wear comfortable shoes for walking (NOT hiking boots), and you may want water and insect repellent. Suitable for adults and children over the age of ten. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Fee: $10/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $20/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Lake Marcia Walk
Thursday, July 7 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Join the park naturalist for a walk around historic Lake Marcia – the highest lake in New Jersey. We’ll cover a little over a mile as we loop around the lake. The first half is an easy walk on an old carriage road, the second is a little more challenging on a narrower, rockier trail. Meet on the patio of the beach concession building. Suitable for adults and children over the age of five. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Family Nature Program: Rainbow Wrapped Sticks
Friday, July 8 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us Friday mornings for family-friendly nature activities suitable for all ages. This week, learn the basics about the parts of a tree, then using sticks we collect, make a colorful craft using yarn to wrap and decorate the sticks. Older children might want to try wrapping smaller sticks or twigs with embroidery floss to make pendants or other smaller decorative items. Bring a lunch and spend the day – have a picnic, play at the playgrounds, take a swim at the beach, or go for a walk! Meet at the Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Cedar Bog Twilight Hike
Saturday, July 9 from 8:00 to 9:30 PM
Join the park naturalist for a walk in High Point’s Natural Area as the day fades, and experience the woods in a different light while learning about the unique bog habitat and nature at night. If Mother Nature is on schedule, the showy great rhododendrons will be in bloom. This loop hike is an easy two miles. You may want to wear insect repellent and bring water. Suitable for adults and children ages eight and up. Meet at the entrance to the Cedar Swamp trail, located at the dead end in the Cedar Swamp Picnic Area.

Family Nature Program: Mountaintop Scavenger Hunt
Friday, July 15 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join us Friday mornings for family-friendly nature activities suitable for all ages. This week, come to the top of the mountain and explore the things that make the highest point of New Jersey special while completing a scavenger hunt. Bring a lunch and spend the day – have a picnic, play at the playgrounds, take a swim at the beach, or go for a walk! Meet at the stairs to the Monument plaza. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Yoga on the Mountain
Friday, July 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body! All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat. Walk-ins are welcome; however, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is canceled. To register, please call 973-702-0488. A minimum donation of $5.00 per class recommended. Yoga on the Mountain is sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park, and all proceeds go to support this and other Friends of High Point State Park programs and events.

Mountaintop Mini-Walk: Berries and Blooms
Saturday, July 16 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come take a very short walk (less than a half mile) around the peak of Kittatinny or High Point Mountain to see some of the uncommon plants that call this harsh and high habitat home. Suitable for adults and children ages ten and up. Meet by the concession stand near the Monument. Fee: $10/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $20/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Concert on the Beach: Patrick Fitzsimmons
Saturday, July 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
The Friends of High Point State Park invite you to join them this summer for magical evenings of music in the park. Bring your family and friends up the mountain for a day of fun, then stay for a fabulous concert on the beach. Spread a blanket out on the grass and enjoy a picnic supper. Dance barefooted in the sand. Summer nights were made for music under the setting sun!

Admission to the summer concert series at High Point State Park is free, but a suggested donation of $5 or more per adult is appreciated. Lawn seating - bring your own blankets and chairs. All concerts are family friendly events. Picnicking is encouraged, but alcohol is prohibited. Concessions will be available. Park entrance fees apply before 4 PM. In the event of rain, the concert will take place in the Interpretive Center. For more information on the Friends of High Point State Park and their programs, please visit www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com.

Summer Stream Study
Sunday, July 17 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come slosh with us along a short stretch of the Flatbrook and discover the critters that call this stream home. Wear boots, old sneakers, or closed-toe watershoes and insect repellent. Suitable for families with children ages five and up. Fee: $3/person or $5/family. Registration is required. Please email register.highpointprograms@gmail.com or call 973-875-1471. If you are camping, the cost of this program is included in your campsite reservation, but you must still register to attend using the contact information above, or by leaving your name, number of attendees, and contact number/campsite at the Park Office when you check-in.

Life Trail: Focus on Trees
Thursday, July 21 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Join the park naturalist for a 1.5 mile easy walk along the life trail and learn the basics of tree identification. If you’ve ever wondered how to tell the difference between oaks, maples, hickories, and more, this is the walk for you! Suitable for adults and children age eight and up. Fee: $3/person or $5/family. Registration is required. Please email register.highpointprograms@gmail.com or call 973-875-1471. If you are camping, the cost of this program is included in your campsite reservation, but you must still register to attend using the contact information above, or by leaving your name, number of attendees, and contact number/campsite at the Park Office when you check-in.

Family Nature Program: Insect Safari
Friday, July 22 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join us Friday mornings for family-friendly nature activities suitable for all ages. This week, we’ll cover the basics about bugs, and then will use large nets to see what critters we can find. Bring a lunch and spend the day – have a picnic, play at the playgrounds, take a swim at the beach, or go for a hike! Meet at the Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Life in Sawmill Lake
Saturday, July 23 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Come borrow a net and discover the many critters that live below the surface of Sawmill Lake. Stop by any time between 6:30 and 7:45. If it’s raining, there will be a nature-themed DVD shown in the Interpretive Center – come on in and get dry! Suitable for all ages. Meet by the Sawmill Lake Boat Launch.

Family Nature Program: Come Fly a Kite!
Friday, July 29 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join us Friday mornings for family-friendly nature activities suitable for all ages. High Point is one of the windiest places in New Jersey! Come hear a story about the wind and make a simple kite that really flies. Bring a lunch and spend the day – have a picnic, play at the playgrounds, take a swim at the beach, or go for a hike! Meet at the Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Creatures of the Night Games
Saturday, July 30 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Come learn about High Point’s nocturnal inhabitants by playing a series of games that focus on sensory adaptations and survival strategies. Fun for the whole family! If the weather is good we’ll be outside and you’ll probably want insect repellent. If it’s raining, we’ll do some indoor activities and watch a related DVD. Suitable for all ages, but most appropriate for families with school-age children. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Monument Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, July 31 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join us at at the top of the mountain and explore the things that make the highest point of New Jersey special while completing a scavenger hunt. The park naturalist will be on hand to help out and answer your questions. Suitable for all ages. Meet at the stairs to the Monument plaza. Fee: $10/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $20/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Sawmill Lake Walk
Thursday, August 4 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM 
Join the park naturalist for a 1.5 mile walk around Sawmill Lake focusing on the plant life of the area and signs of beaver activity. Meet at the Sawmill lake boat launch area. Suitable for adults and children age five and up.

Family Nature Program: Rainbow Wrapped Sticks
Friday, August 5 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join us Friday mornings for family-friendly nature activities suitable for all ages. This week, learn the basics about the parts of a tree, then using sticks we collect, make a colorful craft using yarn to wrap and decorate the sticks. Older children might want to try wrapping smaller sticks or twigs with embroidery floss to make pendants or other smaller decorative items. Bring a lunch and spend the day – have a picnic, play at the playgrounds, take a swim at the beach, or go for a hike! Meet at the Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Evening Walk: Lake Marcia
Saturday, August 6 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Join the park naturalist for a walk around historic Lake Marcia – the highest lake in New Jersey. We’ll cover a little over a mile as we loop around the lake. The first half is an easy walk on an old carriage road, the second is a little more challenging on a narrower, rockier trail. Meet on the patio of the beach concession building. Suitable for adults and children over the age of five.

Yoga on the Mountain
Friday, August 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body! All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat. Walk-ins are welcome; however, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is canceled. To register, please call 973-702-0488. A minimum donation of $5.00 per class recommended. Yoga on the Mountain is sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park, and all proceeds go to support this and other Friends of High Point State Park programs and events.

Concert on the Beach: Stephie’s Kitchen
Saturday, August 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
The Friends of High Point State Park invite you to join them this summer for magical evenings of music in the park. Bring your family and friends up the mountain for a day of fun, then stay for a fabulous concert on the beach. Spread a blanket out on the grass and enjoy a picnic supper. Dance barefooted in the sand. Summer nights were made for music under the setting sun!

Admission to the summer concert series at High Point State Park is free, but a suggested donation of $5 or more per adult is appreciated. Lawn seating - bring your own blankets and chairs. All concerts are family friendly events. Picnicking is encouraged, but alcohol is prohibited. Concessions will be available. Park entrance fees apply before 4 PM. In the event of rain, the concert will take place in the Interpretive Center. For more information on the Friends of High Point State Park and their programs, please visit www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com.

Steenykill Loop Hike
Thursday, August 18 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Come take a walk down and back up the Kittatinny Ridge, walking portions of the Steenykill Trail and old woods roads, and covering about 2.5 miles. We’ll focus on the changing plant communities and the early recreational history of the area. Most of the walking is easy to moderate, but the trip back up the ridge is a fairly strenuous climb. Suitable for adults and children ages eight and up. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Family Nature Program: Bubble-ology
Friday, August 19 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join us Friday mornings for family-friendly nature activities suitable for all ages. This week, come experiment with bubbles big and small. Rain or shine – a damp day actually makes better bubbles! Bring a lunch and spend the day – have a picnic, play at the playgrounds, take a swim at the beach, or go for a hike! Meet at the Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Night Insects: Things that Chirp, Flutter, & Flash
Saturday, August 20 from 8:00 to 9:30 PM
Late summer nights are filled with the sounds of insects. Come learn about katydids, crickets, moths, and more! Bring a flashlight, and we’ll go on an after-dark bug hunt. Suitable for families with children ages five and up. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Life in Sawmill Lake
Saturday, July 27 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Come borrow a net and discover the many critters that live below the surface of Sawmill Lake. Stop by any time between 6:30 and 7:45. If it’s raining, there will be a nature-themed DVD shown in the Interpretive Center – come on in and get dry! Meet by the Sawmill Lake Boat Launch.

5,000 Steps, 60 Floors, and History Highlights!
Thursday, September 1 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join us for a high energy circuit of High Point State Park’s historic district. If you’re a Fitbit-er, you’ll get approximately 5,000 steps, and will climb the equivalent of 60 flights of stairs (earning the “Lighthouse” badge for the day). If you’re not a Fitbit fanatic, you’ll get some exercise and will see some of High Point’s historic...high points. This will be a vigorous walk with five or six planned stops that are significant to High Point’s history, including the site of the Kuser Mansion and the Monument, but the rest of the time we’ll keep up a brisk pace (15-17 minutes per mile). Plan to wear comfortable shoes for walking (NOT hiking boots), and you may want water and insect repellent. Suitable for adults and children over the age of ten. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Family Nature Program: Insect Safari
Friday, September 2 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join us Friday mornings for family-friendly nature activities suitable for all ages. This week, we’ll cover the basics about bugs, and then will use large nets to see what critters can be found. Bring a lunch and spend the day – have a picnic, play at the playgrounds, take a swim at the beach, or go for a hike! Meet at the Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/car Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10/car Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors. (There are no additional fees if you have a valid NJ State Park Pass: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/park_pass.html or a current Camping Permit.)

Sunset Mountaintop Talk
Saturday, September 3 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Explore the mountaintop on your own with a family-friendly scavenger hunt while the sun sets and/or join the park naturalist for an informal talk about the history and natural history of the mountain while enjoying the view. Suitable for all ages. Inclement weather may cancel this program. Meet by the steps to the Monument plaza.

Bait and Boat Festival
Saturday, September 10 from 1:00 to 6:30 PM
Join the Friends of High Point State Park as we say goodbye to summer with a fun-filled day of fishing and boating. This is the one day of the year that boats are allowed on Lake Marcia. Activities include kayaking, boat races, fishing contest, sand castle contest, boat craft, and pond study or paddle with the Park Naturalist. The day will conclude with campfire and s’mores on the beach.

Schedule of Events
1:00-5:00 PM Boating, Fishing Contest, Sand Castle Contest
1:00-4:00 PM Crafts
2:00 PM Boat Race
3:00 PM Pond Study or Paddle with Park Naturalist
4:00 PM Boat Race
5:00 to 6:30 PM Campfire with s’mores

Participants are welcome to bring their own non-motorized boats. Please stop at the registration table for additional instructions. All boats are required to be rinsed prior to entering the water and must be launched from the Lake Marcia beach. All boaters must wear a PFD while on the water. All fishing contest participants must bring their own fishing tackle and display a valid NJ fishing license if age 16 or older. (Rain date Sunday, September 11, 2016)

Yoga on the Mountain
Friday, September 16 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body! All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat. Walk-ins are welcome; however, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is canceled. To register, please call 973-702-0488. A minimum donation of $5.00 per class recommended. Yoga on the Mountain is sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park, and all proceeds go to support this and other Friends of High Point State Park programs and events.

Moonrise Hike
Saturday, September 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Come hike a 1-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail to an observation platform where we’ll watch the nearly-full moon rise in the eastern sky. This hike is moderately strenuous with some steep portions and a rocky, uneven trail surface, which we will be walking on in dim light. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are a must! We’ll return to our cars by moonlight via an easier, paved route. Depending on our hiking speed, we may spend up to a half hour at the platform, so you may want to bring a snack to eat while we wait for the moon to come up. Suitable for adults and children ages ten and up. Meet at the Park Office. Inclement weather may cancel this hike.