Highpointing with Kids
Have you been to the highest point in New Jersey?
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Have you been to the highest point in New Jersey? The highest elevation in the state (1,803 feet) is located not surprisingly at High Point State Park in Sussex County. In addition tot the thrill of being at New Jersey's highest spot, the view from the top also offers a vast panoramic view of mountains, valleys and farmland.
Visitors can choose to hike or drive to the top, and Highpointers agree that either way "counts" as long as you reach the summit marker.
Many families enjoy "highpointing," which means reaching the highest point in every state. This is, of course, easier to do in some states than others - the highest and most difficult high point to reach is Mt. McKinley in Alaska which is not a practical destination for most. But with a few exceptions, many state high points can be reached by kids and parents alike making it a great family activity.
Highpoints within a few hours of New Jersey include Mt. Davis (3,213 feet, Pennsylvania), Ebright Road (445 feet, Delaware), and Jerimoth Hill (812 feet, Rhode Island).
New York's high point is Mt Marcy, which is a few hours away in the Adirondack Mountains. At 5,343 feet, Mt. Marcy is a more serious 6-7 hour hike which is best suited to older kids and more experienced hikers.
Closer to home, you can stay within New Jersey and focus on reaching the high points of each of the counties, too. PeakBagger.com has a list of the highest points in each of New Jersey's 21 counties, which includes the lowest county high point in Cape May County (50 feet) and eight more county high points under 300 feet.