Sadly updated this hike for the worst of reasons, the fencing off of the fire tower on Labor Day weekend.
Lots of bad info on this one – you still can access the tower, it is NOT completely closed off. However, you can only go up when the tower is actively being manned, which is during times of drought during the day.
To not be disappointed, visitors to the fire tower can call NJ Forest Fire Service Division B Headquarters to find out of the tower is manned. The number is (609) 726-9010.
Batona Trail – Carranza Memorial to Apple Pie Hill (and back) – Wharton State Forest, Tabernacle, NJ
Type: Out and back
Hours: Never closes
Updated: 11-26-2016 – As of Labor Day 2016, the fire tower is now fenced off, limiting access. You can still climb it when it’s manned, but it is not always manned. As awesome as this hike is, it is seriously less awesome when you can’t go up the fire tower.
Visitors to the fire tower can call NJ Forest Fire Service Division B Headquarters to find out of the tower is manned. The number is (609) 726-9010.
For more info on why the fire tower is closed, I recommend reading Brian Donahue’s article Why one of N.J.’s most cherished landmarks is now off limits from nj.com
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