Rockview Valley Campground
After leaving Bill and Kelly in Southern New Jersey, we drove north so we could hike the high point. Good thing I didn't know anything about the Mars Plant on the way in Hackettstown. We just drove past. A tour would've been fun though.
According to an article, Mars Incorporated has been churning out M&M's, since 1958. They originally debuted in 1941 and were at first supplied exclusively to the military because of their resistance to heat.
Since the drive wasn't all that long, we stopped behind a small neighborhood in the country to look for a geocache hidden in the woods. Again, geocaching took us to another really interesting historical spot that we wouldn't otherwise know about.
We chose a private park called Rockview Valley. It was $35 for W/E on a large grass area. It was pretty but there were several old, unoccupied trailers parked on other parts of the grassy area. We stayed in spot #14. This area is where NJ, NY and MA come together.
No bears were spotted on the hike. It was hot, humid and quiet. No one else out here but us.
It was also very cloudy so there weren't many views to be had on the way up.
There were many cool mushrooms growing along the way.
Some were very large.
This one was nibbled into a heart shape.
Some tubular fungus.
A little caterpillar taking a rest.
A cute little salamander.
I thought this was funny. A little off-shoot to the trail would take you over to New York. I knew we were close. We won't be hiking NY's high point as we've done that with the kids when we lived there years ago.
Many trails branching off in different directions. Some are marked for winter sports like snowshoeing, so you had to watch for your trail marks. We were following the red/green markers.
We were happy to be in the shade of the woods as the clouds started to clear the temperature really picked up and made it even more humid.
More interesting fungus.
Still not much view to see.
We did stop for a little break to pick some yummy berries.
Then you pop out of the woods and there is the monument straight ahead. I must say, very impressive monument for the High Point of New Jersey! 1803 feet above sea level. The monument is 220 feet tall.
A close up of the door panels.
Hurley says enough of this hike! I'm hot and tired!
The clouds parted a bit and we did get a nicer view.
High Point Survey Marker.
Time to head down.
Some pretty flowers on the way down on this side.
There was this rocky spot on the trail to traverse which was a little tricky as it was slippery.
The white hash signifies yet another part of the Appalachian Trail.
Hurley was so happy to get down to the lake. He ran right in and laid down in the shallow part, just rolling around, happy to cool off.
From the lake looking back up we wondered why we didn't notice the monument when we first started on the trail. Then we remembered it was foggy when we headed out and you couldn't see much of anything.
In the small Visitor's Center was this map showing the Appalachian Trail from end to end.
It was under a bridge next to a very large, interesting cemetery on an island.
And on the other side of the bridge, Port Jervis, NY.
We turned up the road for a closer view.
Pretty creepy, but cool.
Off tomorrow to conquer Massachusetts high point.