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Nickname: Garden State; Land Area: 7,419 square miles (19,220 square kilometers); Population: 8,791,894; Capital: Trenton; Largest City: Newark

High Point State Park is made up of 14,193 acres (5,744 hectares) in the hilly region in the northwesternmost corner of New Jersey. It includes High Point, which is New Jersey's highest mountain, at 1,803 feet (550 meters). High Point is also the tallest peak of the Kittatinny Mountains. Looking north from the summit of High Point, the visitor will be able to see a panorama of farmland, forests, hills, and river valleys in three states at once. The hills pictured here in the foreground are in New Jersey; the town to the right of the Delaware River is Port Jervis, New York; and the town to the left of the river is Matamoras, Pennsylvania. Far off in the hazy distance are the Catskill Mountains of New York.

The land was donated to the state by Colonel Anthony Dryden Kuser, and was dedicated as a state park in 1923.

Visitors to High Point State Park will have a choice of numerous activities to help them enjoy their visit. Park naturalists conduct interpretive and educational programs throughout the year. Some of these programs include nature hikes, stream walks, and talks about various aspects of the natural history of the park and Kittatinny Mountains.

Twenty-acre (eight-hectare), spring-fed, Lake Marcia is popular for swimming in the summer. There is a beach watched over by lifeguards, as well as a bathhouse and food concession. Other water sports available in the park include boating on Sawmill and Steenykill lakes, and fishing in various other lakes and streams which are stocked with trout, bass, and other species of fish.

There are 50 miles (80 kilometers) of trails which can be used for hiking, horseback riding, and snowshoeing. The High Point Cross Country Ski Center offers nine miles (15 kilometers) of trails for cross-country skiing.

Other activities that take place in the park include hunting in designated areas, camping, and picnicking.

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  • Updated Jul 20, 2012
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