Ralph Stover Park – High Rocks

Winston and I went hiking up High Rocks this weekend.  It’s such a gorgeous park so close to home, I recommend that you take someone you love out into the woods and take in the beautiful Spring days. 

There’s two ways to get to Ralph Stover’s High Rocks, one way is to go down Stump Road until it dumps you into the park.  This entrance drops you off at the bottom and you have to cross a stream on an old wooden bridge, then you walk up a steep curly road that never has any cars until you see a yellow road sign indicating a possible road intersection ahead, there’s no road ahead, but a path immediately after the sign, make a right onto that path and you’re on your way to High Rocks.

The other entrance is off of Dark Hollow road, look for a road sign called, State Park or High Rocks, it will be on your right.  Make a right onto that road and it will dump you off into a parking lot at the very top of High Rocks. 

Given the choice, I prefer starting at the bottom, you get a feeling of accomplishment and perspective when you start at the bottom and make your way to the top and the stream you initially crossed appears to be very small when you walk along the steep ledge.  The walk itself is very easy, I think anyone can do it, I did it carrying Winston the whole time.  Along the steep ledge, there’s a protective fence to allow you to get very close to edge without falling off,  it actually enhances the experience . 

The Spring morning was absolutely gorgeous, the trees were a magnificent green and the rain made the bark a very dark brown, the contrast was really breath-taking.  Of course I forgot my camera, but I found a wonderful site with some fantastic pictures, so I will post some of these instead.

This site also had a brief history of High Rocks which I will share with you as well.

The following pictures are from the area of Ralph Stover State Park
known as High Rocks. It was originally known as Boileaus Rocks. Here
there is a 200 foot sheer rock face cliff overlooking Tohickon Creek.
The name Tohickon comes from the Lene Lenape Indians who named it to
mean “Deer-Bone-Creek.” Ralph Stover park was created in 1931 when the
heirs of Ralph Stover, the owner of an 18th century grain mill on the
site, donated the land. The High Rocks section of the park was donated
to the state by author James Michener.

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