Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
-400.00 ft (-121.92 m)
Trail type
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
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The Shawangunk Ridge Trail starts in High Point State Park, New Jersey, at the High Point Monument.  Walk to the northern end of the parking lot of the monument. There is a trail at the end of the lot called the Monument Trail. The SRT shares this trail for a mile and offers the best views of this section. After descending a very steep section, make a sharp left onto the Cedar Swamp Trail. The SRT crosses the swamp on some well made wood plank walkways. Once through the swamp, turn left at the trail junction and then take an immediate right. After 1 mile, the SRT leaves High Point State Park and crosses into New York and onto private property.  The trail is not maintained in this section, and it is rocky and difficult to find. The trail continues in this section for 1.5 miles until you reach Greenville Turnpike. Turn right on this road and walk 0.4 miles to a small parking area on the left to find your shuttle vehicle if you are hiking this as a one-way trek.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round



Great views at the beginning.


Trail is difficult to follow after leaving Monument Trail.

Trailhead Elevation

1,734.00 ft (528.52 m)

Highest point

1,734.00 ft (528.52 m)


Big vistas
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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