Located in far northern New Jersey, High Point State Park sits atop the world famous Pinelands region, sandwiched between the Pocono Mountains to the west and the Catskill Mountains to the northeast. Less than a three hour drive from New York City, the 14,193 acre park is home to a number of attractions and activities.
Part of the Kittatinny Mountains, the highest point in the state of New Jersey sits in the northern reaches of the park. At the top of New Jersey's tallest knob, 1,803 feet High Point has a 220 feet tall obelisk monument similar to other war monuments located on Bunker Hill in Massachusetts and on the Floyd Bluff in Iowa.
The monument was constructed in 1930 to honor the war heroes of New Jersey and some of the best views in the region could be found from the observation deck at the top of the obelisk. On a clear day both the Catskill and Pocono Mountains are visible and the entire Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area can easily be seen stretching 40 miles off to the south. From New Jersey State Highway 23 you can take Scenic Road north to High Point. The views are respectable especially looking toward Port Jervis, New York to the north.
High Point State Park's lesser known attraction is the 1,500 acre Dryden Kuser Natural Area. This boggy and swampy region is home to rare upland groves of Atlantic White Cedar. Located at 1,500 feet above sea level, this is the highest place in the world that these cedar trees can be found. The Dryden Kuser Natural Area is also home to the endangered Cooper's hawk that can be spotted in the summer time turning lazy circles seeking out thermals.
Our view was limited due to fog. But it was still not what I was expecting… Lots of open area, with mountains much larger than we have in Arkansas. From here we continued north up toward New Jersey Dairy country.