Did you know that New Jersey has the highest population density of any state in the USA? That NJ has the most dense system of highways and railroads in the nation? That Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world? That the largest port in the US is in the city of Elizabeth? That the first baseball game was played in Hoboken? That the nation’s first drive-in movie theater was located in Camden? That the first college football game took place in New Brunswick, between Princeton and Rutgers? That the first complete dinosaur skeleton discovered in the US was found in Haddonfield (actually, readers of this blog would know that)? That New Jersey has the most diners in the nation, and is referred to as the diner capital of the world (via 50states.com)?
Did you know that the highest point in the state is located in High Point State Park, in the northwestern corner of New Jersey? That the park is located on 15,000 acres in the Kittatinny Mountains? And that the top of the High Point Monument, built in 1930 on the highest place in High Point State Park to honor the state’s war veterans, stands 1,803 feet above sea level? On a cloudy Sunday in late September, my wife and I set off to explore a section of New Jersey that neither of us had ever visited.
Before I begin my recounting of this week’s trip, however, some automotive and travel updates are in order:
High Point State Park is open all year. From April 1 through October 31, the hours are 8:00 am until 8:00 pm. From November 1 through March 31, the park is open from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the park costs $5.00 for residents and $10.00 for nonresidents during the weekday and $10.00 for residents and $20.00 for nonresidents during weekends and holidays. It is free to enter during the remainder of the year. High Point Monument costs $1.00 per adult to climb (admission is free for children). Despite the lengthy drive (and the fear-inducing climb!), High Point State Park is certainly worth the trip. We definitely would like to return to this area sometime, as we passed numerous signs for other local attractions that interested us.
Before I end, a quick note about this blog is in order…
Today’s post is the 99th post of this blog. To everyone who has read, commented, provided feedback, and let me know that you have enjoyed this… thank you. When I started this blog in March of 2016, I had no idea that two-and-a-half years later I would still be writing it, and writing as enthusiastically as they day it began. For the 100th blog post, my wife and I have a special trip planned next month that I hope you enjoy.
Thanks, again, for coming along on another journey down the open road ahead.