High Mountain Park Preserve is a nature reserve in New Jersey. The 1,153-acre Preserve is one of the largest tracts of forested open space in North Jersey and over 380 species of plants can be found here. The terrain is described as rolling with some steep sections of trail. There are 12.3 miles of marked trail to choose from. Many of the herd paths have been turned into unmarked trails and they are so close together that it's easy to bushwack from one to the other.
The red trail head parking is at William Paterson University Parking Lot #6 (40°57'07.6"N 74°12'01.3"W) on College Road which has room for 13 cars. There are no restrooms but there are several rock shelters in the Preserve that were used as prehistoric human dwellings.
When to Go
The Preserve is open from dawn to dusk for passive recreation. Camping, hunting, trapping, and fishing, collecting, motor vehicles, aircraft, horses and unleashed pets, fires, firearms, rock climbing, and feeding of wild animals.are not permitted in the Preserve.
Groups and organizations that would like to use High Mountain for nature walks, clean-ups, trail improvements or other group activities must register and obtain permits from the Wayne Township Department of Parks and Recreation, 973-694-1800 ext. 3260.