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April 6, 2019

Wharton State Forest Loop – Mullica River Trail/Beaver Pond-Quaker Bridge Trail/Wilderness Connector loop – Shamong, NJ

Wharton Loop – Mullica River Trail/Beaver Pond-Quaker Bridge Trail/Wilderness Connector Loop – Wharton State Forest, Shamong,  Burlington County, NJ Distance – 9.9 miles total Type – Lollipop trail Difficulty: 2 of 10

Website – http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Forest and swamp Surface – Sand

Trailheads – 39°44’30.37″N,  74°43’33.55″W (next to Atsion Ranger Station)

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April 5, 2019

Holly Hills Nature Preserve – Alloway Township, NJ

Holly Hills Nature Preserve – Alloway Township, Salem County, NJ Distance – 2.2 miles total (walked a figure eight of the main road) Type – Figure eight Difficulty: 3 of 10 – some hills and sugar sand

Website – NJ Fish & Wildlife of Alloway Township Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – fields, woods, and wetlands Surface -tiny part paved, mostly dirt and sand

Trailheads – 39°32’32.81″N, 75°18’40.97″W or 39°32’33.81″N, 75°18’46.12″W

Directions -374 Alloway Friesburg Rd, Salem, NJ

Parking – Very large lot

Dog friendly? Yes Stroller friendly? [...]

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February 2, 2019

A Batona Trail Adventure

Batona Trail Batsto to Ongs Hat 3 days – 34 miles

Back in November, Skunk, Danny, Pat, and I went for a little three day, 34 mile stroll on the Batona Trail.

(Note: This is more adventure log and not so much trail info.  For trail info, go to https://southjerseytrails.org/batonatrail/)

Day 1 – Batsto to Batona Campground – about 12 1/2 miles

Three of us managed to get off on Friday (sorry Danny), so we met at Batsto and, after getting our permits, headed off down the Batona.  The first few miles flew and we walked through the areas that burned in the forest fire a few summers back.

The first bit of really [...]

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December 31, 2018

Sleeper Branch Trail – Waterford, NJ

Sleeper Branch Trail – Marilyn Beard Trailhead – Wharton State Park – Waterford, Camden County, NJ Distance – Listed at 5.4 miles on the new map, but this DEFINITELY does not include mandatory backtracking.  Actual hike is 8.2 miles total according to the old map and me walking the trail. Type – Lollipop Difficulty:  5 of 10 (puddles, flooding, missing trail markers)

Website – Wharton State Forest Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Woods and swamp Surface – Sand

Trailheads –  39°45’12.40″N,  74°51’50.62″W

Directions – located at the end of the paved section of Burnt Mill Road [...]

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