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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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February 3, 2019

Backpacking Gear

So I am asked on a surprisingly regular basis what I bring on a backpacking trip.  Up to this point, I’ve really resisted making a post on this, because there are a lot smarter people out there than me about this (like seriously, try Backpacker Magazine, or getting a book from the library, or finding an old Boy Scout Backpacking Merit Badge book, or take a class at REI, or just go talk to the AT Thru Hikers and Section Hikers at REI).

But, since folks keep asking (and you are for some reason still reading this and not any of the resources above), I figure better to just post what I take backpacking so that people can argue about what a dolt I am in the comments [...]

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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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October 28, 2018

Batona Trail Camping

Updated: April 26, 2019

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, (Note: Bodine Field Campground is technically an [...]

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