AT at High Point

AT at High Point (5/17/2008)

This out-and-back was our first time on the AT in High Point State Park. We parked at the AT parking area on Route 23, very near the park's visitor's center, went north along the ridge, then turned east until we reached Route 519, Mountain Road. At this point we turned back.The High Point obelisk is not on the AT, so we didn't get to visit the tower on this hike, or experience the spectacular views from its base. But the views from this stretch of the AT are still good. In fact, there is a sturdy wooden observation deck about a mile from Route 23 that offers excellent views in nearly all directions.

This 6+ mile hike took us under 4 hours. There is a good climb north of Route 23 and also west of Route 519 (Mountain Road).

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Phone line cut near Route 23 trailhead

Route 23 trailhead

View east

View east

Blueberry bushes

Rocky climb


Chatush Padasana

First glimpse of the obelisk

View east

View east

Jackie Hester memorial behind a big rock

Observation deck

View west

View east



Intersection with Monument trail


Near High Point Lean-to

Steep drop to a cascade

[Photograph by Laura]


Stream crossing

Lots of boundary walls here

Tree wrapped in wire



Open field near Route 519

Steps down to Route 519



Hatching caterpillars


NJ and US flags at monument base

Monument tip


View east

View east

View east

Farms far to the east

[Photo by Laura]

Super macro close-up

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