|Even the Delaware River was almost frozen over!|
The day we visited New Jersey's High Point State Park was a day of bitter cold and frustration! I debated about even blogging about it, but in the end, decided that it serves as a lesson about preparing better for an outting. My lack of planning and research before a day trip nearly froze us out of an entire day in a lovely part of Pennsylvania. This post is also about how to make the best of it, even when you're not so prepared.
|There is a beauty in winter landscape that I've not fully appreciated before this adventure.|
We defaulted to plan C: High Point State Park in neighboring New Jersey. The drive through the snow-covered countryside was lovely, and we were exploring and taking notes (with plans to return in the summer to do those hikes and even some kayaking!).
Part of the Kittatinny Mountains, the highest point in the state of New Jersey sits in the northern reaches of the park. There's also a monument, which we had to enjoy from a distance.
|This was as close as I got to the Veterans Monument and its promised views!|
|This cross-country skier was clearly enjoying skiing on the frozen lake.|
Notably, High Point offers trails for hiking and cross-country skiing and areas for camping and fishing. Despite the frigid temperatures the day we were there, folks were out and about enjoying the park, mostly on cross-country skis.
|Very picturesque view of High Point State Park headquarters.|
To the south, the Appalachian Trail follows a rocky ridge which offers many scenic views of the valleys and mountains surrounding the area. To the north, the trail drops off the ridge through hemlock gorges into former agricultural fields with a view of the surrounding countryside and the High Point Monument in the distance.
|The Appalachian Trail goes right through High Point State Park.|
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|View from the lake at High Point looking up to the hillside adjacent the monument.|