Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thanks for Stopping By Open Hearth!

Thank you to everyone who came up the mountain and joined us for our 2015 Open Hearth Day. 

Welcome Table 2015 Open Hearth
We greatly appreciate your support and attendance. Photos from the day are available for viewing from our photos page or by clicking here.

2015 Open Heath Fire - Thank You Pleasant Acres Farm Campground!
A special thank you to Pleasant Acres Farm Campground for generously providing the firewood for Open Hearth this year! Take a moment and visit their website to discover all the fun they have to offer in our backyard,

We also thank all the volunteers who contributed their time, energy, and hearts to presenting Open Hearth. 
2015 Open Hearth. Three of our wonderful talented chefs!

A Happy Birthday to Bob our Fire Master. Thank you for spending your day with us and passing on your knowledge.
2015 Open Hearth. Bob our Fire Master!

Remember that High Point State Park is open year round. Winter is a magical time of year on the mountain.

Save the Date in 2016... 

Please join us for our 2016 Winter Festival!
Three Snowman. Art Credit Kaitlyn Straway.
2016 Winter Festival
HPSP Interpretive Center
Saturday, January 30, 2016
(Snowdate Sunday, Jan. 31)
11 am to 3 pm
*$5 donation per family appreciated

See you on the mountain again soon!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Autumn is the Season of Bounty...

Please join us on the mountain this autumn!

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration
HPSP Interpretive Center
Saturday, October 24, 2015
11 am to 3 pm
Rain or Shine

* Suggested $5 donation per family is appreciated.

Autumn is the season of bountiful harvests. Come watch the Friends of High Point State Park prepare a seasonal feast on the open hearth. 

Enjoy sample tastings of soups, meats, sides, and desserts that have all been cooked fireside. Seasonal activities for children will be offered.

 We hope to see you on the mountain!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Autumn is in the Air


Due to the rain and wind forecasted for this weekend, the Friends of High Point State Park Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride that was scheduled for Saturday, October 3, has been canceled. 

No rain date is scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Visitors are welcome to come up to the park and enjoy the fall foliage on their own. Park maps and suggested routes may be obtained by visiting the HPSP Office. Thank you!  

Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Meet at the Winter Parking Lot
11 am - 1:30 pm

Come enjoy the beauty of fall at High Point State Park!

Bring your own bicycle for a lovely ride to view the autumn foliage. We will meet at the Winter Parking Lot and set off from there onto Park Ridge Road. Along the way, we will make a few short stops at points of interest and enjoy a picnic lunch.

The ride is suitable for ages 14 and older. Helmets are required for all bicycle riders. Please bring your own bicycle, helmet, bag lunch, and water. 

No rain date is scheduled, but visitors are welcome to explore on their own. Park maps and suggested routes for bicycling are available in the park office.

The event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 per participant is appreciated. 

For additional information, please call 973-702-0488.

Save the date for our upcoming fall finale event!

Open Hearth Cooking
HPSP Interpretive Center
Saturday, October 24
11 am - 3 pm

*Suggested donation of $5 per family appreciated.

Join the Friends of High Point State Park for a demonstration of open hearth cooking on the Interpretive Center fireplace. Autumn is the season of bountiful harvests and the air will be filled with the aromas of pumpkin and apple. Enjoy a sample tasting of delectable soups, meats, and desserts all cooked fireside. Seasonal crafts for children. Refreshments available.


See you on the mountain!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2015 Bait & Boat Festival

Join the Friends of High Point State Park on the beach at 
Lake Marcia as we say goodbye to summer with a fun-filled day of fishing and boating. 

High Point State Park 
Lake Marcia
Saturday, September 12, 2015
1 pm to 6:30 pm

*Donation of $5 or more per boater or family appreciated

(Rain Date Sunday, September 13, 1 pm - 6:30 pm)
2014 Bait & Boat Festival

This special event is the one day of the year that boats are allowed on Lake Marcia. Participants may borrow one of the Friends’ kayaks or canoes for a short paddle or bring their own non-motorized boat and spend the day exploring. 

2014 Bait & Boat Festival 

Afternoon activities include boat races, fishing & sandcastle contests, pond study, and crafts. An early evening campfire on the beach with s’mores will conclude the festivities. 

*****     Please bring your own picnic snacks and beverages! Little Lulu's Concession Stand will be CLOSED. *****

2014 Bait & Boat Festival

Schedule of Events
1 pm Boating, Fishing Contest, Sandcastle Contest, Crafts start
2 pm Boat Race
3 pm Pond Study with Park Naturalist
4 pm Boat Race 
4 pm Crafts end
4:30 pm Fishing and Sandcastle Contests end
5 pm Boating ends
5 pm to 6:30 pm Campfire with s'mores

2014 Bait & Boat Festival Sand Turtle

2014 Bait & Boat Festival Fishing Contest Winner and his little sister

All persons fishing, age sixteen or older, must have and display a valid NJ State fishing license. Please bring your own fishing equipment. All boaters must wear a PFD while on the lake. Participants who plan to bring their own non-motorized boat, remember your PFDs, and stop by the beach for instructions before putting your boat in the water.

2014 Bait & Boat Festival Registration Table

Please note that all boats must be rinsed off before going in
the lake to prevent the spread of invasive species!
2013 Bait & Boat Festival. Rinsing boats prevents the spread of invasive species.
Pack a picnic and bring the whole family for a day of adventure at High Point State Park. The event is FREE, but suggested donations of $5 per family are appreciated. Rain date is Sunday, September 13, 2015.
2014 Bait & Boat Festival

See you on the lake! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sweet, Sweet, Summertime

The Friends of High Point State Park proudly announce their 2015 Summer Concert Series!

2015  Summer Concert Series

June 27: Culver's GapBluegrass

July 18: E3 featuring members of Emish ~ Celtic Rock

August 15: R.E.N.O. 
"Playing Music, Having Fun, Helping Others"
~ Local Acoustic Folk Rock Jam Band

The Walkabout Clearwater Chorus performance originally scheduled for August 15 has been canceled!

Concerts will take place 6 pm - 8 pm
(Rain moves concert into Interpretive Center)

Please be aware that the maximum capacity for the Interpretive Center is 146 people. Unfortunately, if we reach maximum capacity we will not be able to accommodate all concertgoers who wish to attend and may be required to turn some folks away. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in maintaining a safe and enjoyable concert experience. 

As a reminder, please bring your own chairs to the concert as we have very limited seating available at the Interpretive Center

Please park in the beach parking lot or gravel parking lot near the Interpretive Center and walk to the concert venue. Drop offs near the building will be allowed. Parking at the Interpretive Center is very limited and reserved for the handicap and those with a true need to park near the building due to limitations. Please do not block driveways or roadways with your vehicles. 

A friendly reminder, alcohol is not allowed in the park and there are no concessions at the Interpretive Center. Please bring your own non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. 

Thank you and we hope to see you on the mountain!


The Friends of High Point State Park invite you to join them this summer for three 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 at Lake Marcia. 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! 

Culver's Gap, June 2014, HPSP Summer Concert Series

Emish, 2014, Learn more about Emish and E3, visit

Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, 2011, HPSP
Learn more about WCC, visit

How much is admission?
Admission to the summer concert series at High Point State Park is FREE, but donations of $5 or more per adult are appreciated. Children are admitted free.
Please stop by the Friends of HPSP table to make your donation and purchase souvenirs.



CONCERTS START at 6 pm and END at 8 pm

Where is the concert?

All concerts will take place on the beach at Lake Marcia
  • Lawn and beach seating
  • Please bring your own blankets and chairs
  • Umbrellas are permitted 
  • Restrooms nearby
  • Handicapped accessible via paved sidewalk         
  • Picnicking is encouraged
  • Concessions will be available
  • Alcohol is strictly forbidden

What if it rains?
Emish, 2013, HPSP Interpretive Center
In the event of rain, concerts will take place in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center.

  • Please bring your own chairs
  • Restrooms on site
  • Handicapped accessible
  • No concessions available in the Interpretive Center
  • Bring your own non-alcoholic beverages and picnic snacks

Bring the whole family!
Family and friends - everyone is welcome to attend. 

  • All concerts are family friendly events
  • Playground, beach, and picnic areas nearby
  • Dogs on leashes are permitted in the park
  • Please do not leave your pets unattended in your car at any time
  • Clean up after your pet - Thank You!

Where can I buy souvenirs?
High Point State Park merchandise is available for purchase at all of our concerts and events.

  • t-shirts & sweatshirts
  • bandanas, magnets, postcards
  • Friends of High Point State Park's Music on the Mountain: Performers at High Point State Park CD 

Please stop by the Friends of HPSP merchandise table to make your purchase or donations. Cash and checks accepted, sorry no credit cards.

You may also stop by the High Point State Park Office and purchase merchandise if you can't wait to show off your High Point Pride!

See you on the mountain!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Weekend Update!

The 2nd Annual Lake Clean Up
will take place Saturday, May 16!
The weekend forecast calls for the possibility for rain both days, so we are still planning on Saturday. We will meet at the park office at 1:15-1:30 pm and head out from there. If it is raining hard at 1:30 pm we may decide to cancel. We will not be using our rain date. Visitors are welcome to help keep High Point beautiful on their own - every little bit makes a difference! Please call 973-702-0488 if you would like more information or have questions about the event.

Help keep High Point State Park beautiful! Join us as we clean up trash along the shores and in the waters of Lake Marcia, Steenykill, and Sawmill. Participants should bring their own waterproof footwear, hip-waiters, and work gloves if they have them. Please be aware that participants may get wet and dirty, so keep that in mind and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There will be no swimming. Individuals, families with older children, and groups are welcome to participate in the lake clean up event. 

3rd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic
Rain or Shine - Saturday, May 16!
Please bring your own picnic lunch and teddy bears!
Families with children ages 2-10, and their favorite teddy bears, are invited to High Point State Park for a spring picnic where they will explore the natural history of the North American Black Bear. Activities will include a bear discovery station, crafts, family story corner, and more. High Point State Park's resident BIG teddy bear will be sitting for portraits - bring your camera! The Teddy Bear Picnic will take place from 1 pm to 3 pm in the HPSP Interpretive Center. Registration was required, but walk-ins are welcome!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring has sprung on Kittatinny Mountain

Oh, what a wonderful time of year...the warm breezes, singing birds, and sunshine! Please join us on the mountain this May as we take a deep breath, do a bit of spring cleaning, and have a bit of fun with family and friends.

Yoga on the Mountain
Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. All levels of experience are welcome. Classes will take place once a month May through October. The first class of the 2015 season will take place Friday, May 15, at 6:30 pm in the High Point State Park 
Interpretive Center. Visit our Yoga on the Mountain page for more details and the entire 2015 schedule. 

2nd Annual Lake Clean Up
Help keep High Point State Park beautiful! Join us as we clean up trash along the shores and in the waters of Lake Marcia, Steenykill, and Sawmill on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Learn more about the Lake Clean Up by visiting our calendar page.

3rd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic - REGISTER TODAY!
Families with children ages 2 through 10 years old, and their favorite teddy bears, are invited to the Friends of High Point State Park 3rd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 1 pm to 3 pm in the HPSP Interpretive Center. Registration is required for this program and must be received by Monday, May 11. Learn more about the Teddy Bear Picnic by visiting our calendar page.

We hope to see you on the mountain soon!