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May 4, 2019

Book Review – AMC’s Best Day Hikes in New Jersey (2019)

AMC’s Best Day Hikes in New Jersey: Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in the Garden State, From the Skylands to the Shore by Priscilla Estes 294 pages Appalachian Mountain Club Books, Boston, MA – 2019

So I decided that I’d start actually reading some of the many New Jersey hike books (which generally upset me by ignoring South Jersey… hence, this blog exists) and seeing what I like and hate about them, just in case I totally loose my mind and actually write a book one day…

AMC’s Best Day Hikes in New Jersey by Priscilla Estes is the second one up, because she was nice enough to send me a copy with a nice little note in it.

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May 1, 2019

Mullica River Campground – Wharton State Forest, NJ

Mullica River Campground Wharton State Forest Burlington County, NJ

Address: None Coordinates: 39°41’24.54″N, 74°40’28.72″W

Directions: There’s no driving to this campout.  Paddle or backpacking in starts from Atsion.  Can also backpack in from Batsto.

Access: Hike in from Atsion or Batsto, or paddle in from Atsion only!

Website for official info: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html

Website for campsite booking and pricing: www.camping.nj.gov

Campground Map:

Pet friendly?: Mullica River Camp does not allow pets to camp here at this time.

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April 27, 2019

Cape May County Park Central and Zoo – Cape May Courthouse, NJ

Cape May County Park Central & Zoo – Cape May Courthouse, Cape May County, NJ Distance – No distances on maps.  We did 2 miles in the zoo and another mile outside (while missing most of the trail system) Type – Loops Difficulty:  1 of 10 Cost – Fee for the zoo is a donation, help them out!

Website – Cape May County Park Central and Cape May County Zoo Open – 7 AM to Sunset.

Terrain – Woods, fields, swamps Surface – Paved and boardwalks

Trailheads – 39° 6’9.80″N, 74°48’46.59″W

Directions –707 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

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April 27, 2019

Bodine Field Campground – Wharton State Forest – Bass River Township, NJ

Bodine Field Campground Wharton State Forest Bass River Township, Burlington County, NJ

Address: Bodine Field Road, off of Route 679 (Chatsworth Road) Bass River, NJ Coordinates: 39°39’14.96″N, 74°31’22.35″W

Directions: If coming from Batsto (where you pick up your permit), head back out to Route 542/Pleasant Mills Road and make a left turn.  Drive just over four miles, then make a left turn onto Route 563/Green Bank-Chatsworth Road (just after the old Green Bank Tavern).  Drive down until you reach a stop sign (more than five miles down), at which point you will make a sharp rightturn right onto Chatsworth Road/Route 679.  Travel about a [...]

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