Fall Kaleidoscope Itinerary
Begin your visit by heading to Stokes State Forest, where you can hike to the top of Sunrise Mountain, along the Appalachian Trail. For those not up to a hike up the steep trail, opt for a short drive to the pavilion. Both spots offer breathtaking views of farmland and forest in the valleys below. Stokes State Forest is located off Route 206, four miles north of Branchville, Sussex County. From State Highway 206, turn onto County Route 636 and then make a quick left onto Sunrise Mountain Road. This road leads you through Stokes State Forest – quite a beautiful ride in the fall. You never know what critters you may find.
As you hike, the forest opens and provides some grand views of the mountains. If driving to the pavilion, a number of miles in, there is a right turn that takes you to Sunrise Mountain. There is a small parking lot at the end. You will have to hike to the pavilion from here which is a short 5-10 minute walk accessible to most. There is an incredible 360 degree view from the top.
From Stokes State Forest, continue to High Point State Park. From Sunrise Mountain, continue on this road until it joins with Crigger Road. Shortly you will intersect with County Route 650 (Deckertown Road), make a right, go approximately 1 1/2 miles and turn left onto Sawmill Road. This takes you into High Point State Park. Enjoy the scenery through the park until you come out to State Highway 23. Turn right and go approximately 1/2 mile to the main entrance to High Point on your left. This road will take you to High Point Monument, which is dedicated to the memory of New Jersey’s wartime heroes. Visitors can climb the stairs of the 220 foot structure. At the top enjoy awesome views of the Pocono Mountains, the Catskill Mountains and the Wallkill River Valley.
The park also features over 50 miles of hiking trails. The Monument Trail and Cedar Swamp Trail give you access to the Dryden Kuser Natural Area. Along the rocky ridge top is the highest point in NJ. The swamp supports abundant wildlife and a variety of conifers and Atlantic white cedars.
Leaving High Point, continue south on Route 23 and made a right onto Route 519. Beemerville Orchards, on Lusscroft Road offers pick your own apples. To receive the Four Season of Agriculture in Sussex County and the Skylands, contact the Sussex Agritourism program at
1-800-473-0363 or www.sussexfarmvisits.com.
Make it a getaway weekend and stay at Crystal Springs Golf Resort.