Discover the Highest Point in Queens County

Written by Kathryn Koehler
Published: September 21, 2023
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Queens is one of the five boroughs of New York City. People from all over the globe have settled there, resulting in a melting pot of cultures and languages. In fact, it is among the most ethnically diverse places in the world. Queens is made up of numerous neighborhoods, each with its own character. Some well-known neighborhoods in Queens include Astoria, Bayside, Flushing, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, and Long Island City. The highest point in Queens is home to three 34-story apartment buildings and an 18-hole golf course. Continue reading to discover the elevation of the highest point in Queens County!

Queens, New York, USA view with the Queensboro Bridge towards Manhattan at dusk.

Queens is one of the five boroughs of NYC. It is among the most ethnically diverse places in the world.

©Sean Pavone/

Discover the Highest Point in Queens County: Forest Park

The highest point in Queens reaches an elevation of 258 feet (79 m) above sea level. It is a terminal moraine from the last Ice Age. The point marks the glacier’s farthest point of advancement. Today, it’s home to a gated neighborhood called North Shore Towers and Country Club. Besides the golf course, the community boasts five swimming pools and five tennis courts. It has its own power plant and 22 retail spaces in a concourse that connects the three residential buildings. In fact, North Shore Towers has its own zip code!

Discover the Highest Point in Queens County: Relatively Speaking

Is Queens the highest of the five New York City Boroughs? How does it compare to the highest point in the state of New York? What about all of New England? Let’s break it down:

LocationHighest Point
Kodaak Wadjo (Mount Washington), Coös County, New Hampshire (Highest peak in New England): 6,288 feet (1,917 m)
Tewawe’éstha (Mount Macy), Keene, Essex County, New York:5,343 feet (1,629 m)
High Point, Sussex County, New Jersey (Highest point in New Jersey):1,803 feet (550 m)
Staten Island, Richmond County, New York:401 feet (122 m)
Bronx, Bronx County, New York:280 feet (85 m)
Manhattan, New York County, New York:265 feet (81 m)
Queens, Queens County, New York: 258 feet (79 m)
Brooklyn, Kings County, New York220 feet (67 m)

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Sean Pavone/

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About the Author

Kathryn Koehler is a writer at A-Z-Animals where her focus is on unusual animals, places, and events. Kat has over 20 years of experience as a professional writer and educator. She holds a master's degree from Vanderbilt University. When she is not writing for A-Z-Animals, Kat enjoys puttering in her garden, baking deliciously healthful treats for her family, and playing with her two rescue mutts, Popcorn and Scooter. She resides in Tennessee.

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