1808 Trail- Sand and Water Trail – Batona Loop – Washington Twp, NJ

1808 Trail- Sand and Water Trail – Batona Loop – Wharton State Forest, Washington Township, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – 7.2 miles total (can explore just the 1808 Trail with a shorter out-and-back from Buttonwood)
Type – Loop
Difficulty:  3 of 10

Updated March 25, 2023 – Added in info for starting at Buttonwood.

Website –  https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/whartonstateforest.html
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Swamps, forest, meadows
Surface – Dirt

Trailheads – 39° 38.620’N, 74° 38.812’W – Trail starts behind the Batsto Visitors Center.  Go through the gap in the rail fence to the left of the kiosk and cut south-southwest across the field, looking for the post with the orange blaze to get you on track.

39° 37.725’N, 74° 37.072’W – Trailhead at Buttonwood Campground off of Route 542.  Head down the green blazed 1808 Trail or walk down the dirt road, which is the blue connector trail to the Batona Trail.

39° 38.765’N, 74° 38.777’W – Trailhead at Batsto picnic area for the Batona for the Rosemarie Mason version of the hike – “Hook up the Batona from the Batsto picnic area turn down Burnt Schoolhouse Rd (blazed blue). Cross 542 and have lunch at Crowleys picnic tables.  Then hit the 1808 to the Sand& Water Trail. Nice 7.4 mile loop hike.”

Directions – 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037 (Batsto) OR Burnt Schoolhouse Road and Route 542, Egg Harbor City, NJ (no idea how that’s the town designation on Google Maps, but it is)

Parking – Large lot at Batsto. PLEASE NOTE YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PARK ON THE ROAD INTO BATSTO (very originally named Batsto Road)!

4 or 5 spots at Buttonwood Campground, with more parking across the road at Crowleys Landing.

Dog friendly? Yes, leashed dogs allowed
Stroller friendly? No
Benches? There are a few, widely scattered benches along the trail.
Facilities?: Bathrooms available at Batsto.  Outhouse available at Buttonwood Campground.

Rules – usual state park list of rules

Markings – blazes on trees and marked posts.
Map –

Full Wharton State Forest Hiking Map

Description –

I’ve had my eye on this one since a post came out about it on the Quaker Ranter blog, but life kept getting in the way and I kept putting it off.  A push from my friend Bruce recently finally, finally got me to go, and I can’t believe I waited as long as I did.

Due to another project, I’m going to try something different (for me) with this review – a bunch of photographs without my usual dopey comments and side remarks.  The cedar swamps speak for themselves.  Just really, really quietly.

HUGE thank you to the Outdoor Club of South Jersey for their amazing work developing this trail.

Keep right to get onto the Green 1808 Trail.


Head north on the Batona.

Turn left at the large sign for Batsto.  NOW you should go check out the village.

Nearby: Lots of trails at Batsto, including the Batsto Lake Red, White, and Blue trails, the Toms Pond Trail, and the 52.7 mile Batona Trail.

2 thoughts on “1808 Trail- Sand and Water Trail – Batona Loop – Washington Twp, NJ

  1. I like that there’s different options to this one. Yesterday we needed to get out of the house and did the 2-mile loop which only transverses part of the 1808 then spurs back to the Batona. I e also done the 7 mile out-and-back to Buttonwood. It looks like you did the even longer loop to Buttonwood and then up the old Crowleytown Road to Batona and back to Batsto. All of the routes are great.

  2. This was a lovely hike (walk) for 2 people over 70 and our dog. We did It on a warm October afternoon-no bugs, It is a lovely trail and very well marked. We enjoyed the changing landscape an dit really was Water and Sand!

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