BEST SCENIC DRIVE ★
Winner: High Point State Park
Route 23, Sussex County http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/highpoint.html
What better scenic drive than the one to the state’s highest elevation? There are several ways to get there; the most direct is Route 23 north from Sussex Borough, the road gradually climbing higher as you approach the New York and Pennsylvania borders. You can do a lot in the park — hike (the Appalachian Trail is nearby), swim, fish, boat, even stay overnight in tents or cabins. It’s that other New Jersey, the one not populated by chemical plants and strip malls. It’s a land of rolling hills and stunning vistas, the best of which can be found at the High Point monument, 1,803 feet above sea level. The view is breathtaking, almost otherworldly — the Poconos to the west, the Catskills to the north and the Walkill River Valley to the southeast. The park is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. There are interpretive and educational programs year-round, with nature hikes and talks. If you’ve never taken this ride, you really haven’t seen Jersey.