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December 9, 2018

Brendan Bryne Campground – New Lisbon, NJ

 

Brendan Bryne Campground Brendan Bryne State Forest New Lisbon, Burlington County, NJ

Address: Highway Route 72 East, New Lisbon, NJ 08064 (Note that this the address for the forest, the campground is not located on Route 72, but is inside of the state forest near Pakim Pond) Coordinates:  39°52’23.10″N,  74°31’24.58″W

Directions: Turn into the park off of Route 72.  Turn right and pass the park office.  Stay on that road until it dead ends at a “T”.  Turn left and pass Pakim Pond.  The campground will soon be on both sides of the road.

Access: All paved park roads.

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December 8, 2018

Batona Campground – Wharton State Forest – Tabernacle, NJ

Batona Campground Wharton State Forest Tabernacle, Burlington County, NJ

Address: Carranza Road Tabernacle, NJ 08088 Coordinates:  39°46’52.11″N,  74°37’55.10″W

Directions: Coming from Route 206, turn onto Carranza Road.  Drive 7 1/2 or 8 miles down that road.  Along the way, you’ll pass through Indian Mills, pass farms, and have the road turn from new pavement to old pavement.  When you spot the Carranza Memorial on your right, then the campground entrance road will be on your left.  If the road turns completely to dirt, you just missed the turn.

Carranza Memorial on the right.

Access: Short [...]

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October 28, 2018

Batona Trail Camping

Updated: December 8, 2018

At 52.7 miles, the Batona Trail is South Jersey’s premier (also, only) long distance backpacking trail.  This trail can be backpacked in 2, 3, 4, or 5 days, which means at some point, you’re going to have to camp.  Dispersed, or “cowboy camping”, where you can set your tent up any old place along the side of the trail is expressly forbidden in all three state parks and the privately owned Parker Preserve.  So where can you camp along the Batona?

You have five options – Godfrey Bridge Campground, Buttonwood Hill Camp, Lower Forge Campground, or Batona Campground, each in Wharton State Forest, or Brendan Bryne [...]

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March 25, 2018

Appalachian Trail – Shenandoah NP – Day 4 – Stony Man Mountain to Big Meadows

Appalachian Trail – Shenandoah National Park – northern half – Backpacking Day 4 Type: One way Hours: Open 24 hours

Distance: There are 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park.  We did the northern 46 of them. Difficulty: 6 of 10. Total score: 10 of 10 (Northern Shenandoah National Park AT score)

Resource – Appalachian Trail Guide to Maryland and Northern Virginia – 2008 Edition – Appalachian Trail Conservancy or the Appalachian Trail Guide to Shenandoah National Park (2012 – 14th edition) I can’t over-recommend carrying a trail map and guide while backpacking, it will help [...]

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