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High Point State park

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

fire roads 50%- singletrack 25%- paved park lanes 25% Parker trail is the best for experts -- go around Lake Rutherford for intermediate stuff - easiest is paved lanes by monument and around middle of park- hard singletrack around monument area but short. Not too many completeable loops, but a great riding area. Many great views from top of ridge.
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Latitude
41.27161384188987
Longitude
-74.69879150390625
Trail Directions
state route 23 goes through park start from park entrance on rt 23 or off Deckertown Tpk. in southern end of park by appalachian trail parking area
Trail Length
10- 15 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Port Jervis
   


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Review Date
August 14, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: nancy campoverde , from passaic nj

Summary:
This lake and park was very clean and very alert with swimmers very professional!. This was my first time there did not get to do everything but next time we will My kids and I had so much fun, I plain to go in the future as often as I can with my family and friends.

Recommended Route:
as direceted per map



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Review Date
May 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Lou , from Rockland, NY

Summary:
Good riding is available for intermediate to advanced riders. All off-road trails are relatively short and a good portion of this ride is on the road, but the scenery in the park and surrounding area makes it worth the trip. In order to hit all the legal trails in the park, you will need to take the road sections mentioned to make any sort of loop. The Iris trail is a fun mix of terrain, with plenty of stream crossings, rocks, and short up/downhill sections. Decent intermediate level riders can probably clean the entire length of this trail w/o needing to dismount, although a couple of moderately technical uphills are a good challenge. The Parker Trail is mostly flat, but pretty technical and rocky. It's short, and you won't get a lot of speed on this section, but it's a fun stretch for those w/ good slow speed technical riding skills. Beginners will most likely end up walking most of this trail, if not the entire piece, since it's difficult to get a lot of momentum. The road piece from the end of the Iris to the Parker trail is a fast downhill. Parkridge road is rolling & w/o much challenge as far as road riding is concerned, but takes you past some great scenery inside the park interior (saw a small black bear swimming in one of the marsh sections - didn't wait to see where Momma bear was). Even with the requisite road miles, this is a good place overall. Not a die-hard ride, since the off-road trails are short and not connected, but the scenery makes for a good outing nontheless. Route indicated above is about 14+ miles total. For a longer outing, you can try connecting the Parker trail southwest from Deckertown Tpke. to Stokes SF (haven't tried this, but looks like a a good all-day ride).

Recommended Route:
Park at AT lot off of Rte 23 at the Iris trail trailhead (down the road from the park office/visitors center). Take the Iris trail to the end at Deckertown Tpke. Turn Rt. onto Deckertown for a fast downhill road ride to the Parker trail (be on the lookout for the trail marker after passing over the Big Flatbrook, otherwise, it's easy to ride by - it's a steep climb back on the road). Go right on the Parker trail back into High Point (left goes to Stokes State Forest). End the Parker trail at Parkridge Rd. Turn Rt. on Parkridge for more road miles. Some small trails off of Parkridge will get you back to Rte. 23 eventually, or stay on the road until you hit Rte. 23. Once back on 23, climb uphill back to the AT parking lot. Road to the monument/Monument trail will be on the left, across from the visitor center, prior to reaching the AT parking lot.



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Review Date
January 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Serge , from NYC

Summary:
I rode the Iris trail in Jan. Found quite a bit of mud, but a lot of that may go away as snow recently melted. Climbs were moderate, but large numbers of rocks mad it difficult(scary) to pick up any good speed on downhills. If you like picking your way around rocks, roots, streams and swampy areas this trail is for you. I did bend my derailleur on a branch that got wedged between it and my spokes. If you are like me and prefer to pick up a bit of speed here and there you may not like it so much.



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Review Date
December 18, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Don Nywening , from Montague, NJ USA

Summary:
A great place for a ride. Lots of sharp, jagged rocks on the Monument Trail. The Monument Trail has some nice technical sections that may challenge you and keep you interested. The trail around Lake Rutheford has some fast sections through loose rocky sections, and the rocks can be kicked up pretty hard and damage you soft little body.

Recommended Route:
Ride the Monument Trail for some challenging singletrack. Ride the trail around Lake Rutheford as noted above, but make a right on the red marked trail (Iris?) and ride the singletrack out and back for some nice climbs and descents.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stokes State Forest.



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Review Date
November 21, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Russ , from oceanport NJ

Summary:
The trails were very rocky with alot of loose gravel too.Bike gets bounced all over the place.The trails don't form a continuos loop,you must ride several pieces of paved road that connects them. Have ridden some parks up north with the same5-8 guys and it seems we liked these trails less then wawayonder,ringwood and J thorpe. Still had a blast !!! Park and lakes are beautiful.



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