The Highlands Natural Pool
The Highlands Natural Pool
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12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Rebecca L
3 contributions
Jul 2021
We had a wonderful day visiting from NYC. The pool is beautiful, set in a lovely forested area. There are tables to sit at, charming old-school changing rooms, lovely landscaped flowers all over the place, and a wonderful little snack bar. Everybody there was very pleasant, and the water was amazing to swim in. Keep in mind it's a natural spring, so you're going to be sharing the pool with some wildlife. We saw a ton of newts and frogs. Our 5-year-old was fascinated. The water itself was cool and perfect to swim in. There's a diving board and a deep end, as well as a shallow end that has a gate and a smooth cement bottom that's great for kids. It was one of the nicest pools I've ever visited. We're already planning another trip. One word of advice: if you're coming from the city in a Zipcar, be sure your card can lock and unlock the doors before everybody gets out of the car. We ran into a weird issue with the car's reception and you don't want to get stuck like we did :) The pool crew was very helpful (Thank you, Ray) and we couldn't be happier with the Highlands Natural pool.
Written July 23, 2021
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Keziah F
33 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
Went to this place for the first time last weekend (July 5th), what a pretty place. Quiet, clean, no chlorine! You can BBQ right outside of the pool area or bring a picnic with you. My only warning is IT'S A NATURAL POOL, you may see fish/frogs in the water. It's like swimming in a lake or other body of fresh water. This is not a problem for me but it may be for others. I would recommend going.
Written July 11, 2014
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Ynoke
NJ4 contributions
The Highlands Natural Pool is a stream-fed chemical-free pond with stone retaining walls and a safe children’s area -- a great place to swim in a natural setting during the summer.

The pool is adjacent to Norvin Green State Forest which contains miles of hiking trails. The pool is a great destination for a summer day of picnicing, hiking, and swimming.
Written August 19, 2008
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dramom
River Edge, NJ312 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
I had read a review a couple of months ago in our local newspaper and have been wanting to visit this place since then. After today, I now want to see who wrote that story, so that I recognize the hyperbole in that writer's future articles. It is like a day in the mountains, far away from sophisticated urban centers - that is a plus! It wasn't very well kept up; the volleyball lawn was mowed, but the net had seen better days; the basketball hoop and backboard was sorry looking. There was something that attracted us to the pool, though: I couldn't resist a swim even though the lifeguards had told us that the snakes like sunning themselves on the rocks in the sun at one end of the pool. I suppose I should expect animals in this habitat, as well as tadpoles and frogs in and around the pool, but it just wasn't pleasant. It seemed a little overgrown with green, that might be trimmed back a bit. Dragonflies were everywhere around the pool - including settling on my knee several times. I just couldn't get comfortable. To make this review complete, I should include that they have a changing room, nice portable toilets, bbq facilities, snack bar and hiking in the area. I will return for the hiking, but I guess I'm just not the woodsy person I thought I was, surrounded by nature, up close and personal while sitting around the water.
Written August 9, 2014
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HAPPYFTLAUDERDALE
NORTHERN NJ47 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
Ok, we've been coming here since 1995 and have been members every year except 1 because we couldn't go that summer. It's fed from the Norvin green reservoir and teaming with wildlife around it. Cool water, you won't cool off any better. Opens Memorial Day weekend and then is open every day till 7PM after school closes. It's complete with a beginner swimmer area, you can let the youngins go and not worry about them. A main pool with plenty of room to do laps, a diving board, and all of it is covered by lifeguards. Adjacent are picnic tables and grills and giant meadow complete with volleyball net. Hiking trails all around. Everytime I meet new people they say, "how did I not know about this place?" Many people zoom up here from New York City to get a slice of what life must have been like when things were much simpler. But it's a well kept facility with snackstand, tables covered with umbrellas, sanitary bathrooms, and soon to have WiFi for those who wish to let the kids have all the fun while planning the next European vacation on the web. I brought my parents here in the 90's. They were from the WWII generation. They delighted in the spot! See you there.
Written March 23, 2014
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Gustavo C
New York City, NY1 contribution
Aug 2013 • Family
I am almost hesitate to say too many good things about this magical place because I don't want to crowd it. It's a lovely way to spend a lazy day. Chlorine free water and they provide kids with a net and a small container to catch salamanders, tad poles and frogs. They have a kids pool, an adult pool and a diving pool. The place has picnic tables, chairs and umbrellas. My kids absolutely loved it!!!
Written September 27, 2013
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Jerseygirltoo
18 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
I'm a little bit prejudiced because I grew up near here, and this is the pool where I learned how to swim, but having traveled all over the world, I have yet to find a better place to swim. It's clean, uncrowded, in beautiful rustic surroundings. No chlorine so your eyes won't burn, the water comes from a mountain stream so it can be a bit chilly early in the season, but there's nothing better than the fresh cool water on a hot summer day. I believe this is the largest outdoor pool in NJ, it's 100 x 200 ft, so lots of room to stretch out for lap swimmers. It's so mellow and peaceful that when I leave I feel like I've had a week's vacation. It's hard to believe you're only 1 hour from NYC because it feels like a million miles away. There is a restroom and changing room, and very limited offerings at the snack bar so the best bet is to pack a picnic, and be prepared to carry out your own trash. The tables are in a lovely shady area, and you can even bring a grill and barbeque(the folks there will tell you in what areas grilling is permitted). The season is from Memorial Day to Labor Day, check out their website for more details.
Written May 12, 2013
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Nicola_Collar
Bernardsville, NJ4 contributions
Jul 2018
Didn’t have a good experience here, if you have small kids they have to take a swim test. Apparently you have to be able to swim with “form” - my kid did the distance but not to the standard the life guard required. It kind of put a downer on the rest of the day. Without a wristband my daughter couldn’t swim in 3/4 of the lake with the rest of her pals, couldn’t even stand on the side..she was told by another life guard.. even if I accompanied her. My daughter is 7 and swims with a level of proficiency where she passed the town pool swim test just fine.The kids played for a bit in the 1/4 pool she was allowed in. They found a snake and salamander which was cool, then the lifeguard blew the whistle for the 10th time and said they couldn’t touch the salamander. All in all given the rules,inflexibility vs the facility itself I would say not worth the trip.
Written July 5, 2018
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Samiha S
New York City, NY40 contributions
Aug 2015
This is a terrific place to escape from the craziness of cities. I've been going up there since childhood and it's gotten even better. The pool is free of chlorine and fed by streams. There are large sun-protected tables on one side. Before entering the pool area are tables with barbecue areas; there's a volleyball net and amazing hiking trails. It's the gem of New Jersey. And entrance fee is only $10. A membership is also available -- it's worth it!!!!
Written September 5, 2015
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Victoria T
92 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
It was about 100 degrees out when we visited the pool we expect the normal over crowding no where to park etc. Whenwe arrived we were shocked to find parking right by the gate. There were lots of people picnicing under the trees. The shallow area of the pool was packed but the deep end was empty we had it practically to ourselves. Our family had a great time. Only down side was we were covered in dirt when we got of the water. Tip is to bring a tube or a noodle and just float I the deep end
Written August 14, 2016
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