So today marks FOUR YEARS of this ridiculous blog. I’ll type that again for dramatic effect- FOUR YEARS.
Four is an important number for this blog, because, when I started, I figured that was about top end estimate for how many people would ever look that this big, dumb prestigious project of mine (and that was counting on my mother being able to find it on the Internet to see cute pictures of her grandson). But my, oh, my, how we’ve grown up. In the past four years, nearly EIGHT PEOPLE have read this blog.
Okay, it’s a few more than that, and sometimes I worry about you folks because of that. But thanks just the same for coming along for [...]
Batona Trail Reroute – Apple Pie Hill to Rt 72 – Parker Preserve – Woodland Township (aka, Chatsworth), Burlington County, NJ Distance: 8.3 miles Type: One way (out and back is 16.6 miles) Difficulty: 3 of 10.
Terrain – pinelands, swamps, old cranberry bogs
Trailheads – Apple Pie Hill – 39° 48.442’N, 74° 35.365’W. Not 100% sure where the other one is on Rt 72, it’s tricky to find.
Harrisville Pond Lake Trail/Batona/Martha Rd Loop – Woodland Township, Burlington County, NJ Distance: 4.15 miles Type: Loop trail, sand paths Difficulty: 4 of 10.
Terrain – pinelands, lake.
Trailheads – Parking area at Harrisville Pond – 39°39’57.04″N, 74°31’27.97″W
Directions: Located off of Chatsworth Road, Rt 679
Markings – Start on Lake Trail (Blue), then Batona Trail (pink), then down Martha Road (no markings)
Description: This is a nice, easy 4 mile hike through some lovely areas. You’ll park at the parking area at Harrisville Pond. The trailhead is in the back corner of the “lot” to the left [...]
The Batona Trail – Backpacking Day 3 – Lower Forge Campground, Wharton State Forest, NJ to Brendan Byrne Campground, Brendan Byrne State Forest (or Lebanon State Forest for us old folk) Type: One way Hours: Open 24 hours Last updated: December 10, 2016
Distance: End to end is 52.7 miles, plus side trips for campsites (our total was 57.2 miles). This is section 3 – Lower Forge Campground to Brendan Byrne Campground, with a side trip to the Carranza Memorial because it’s just that awesome. – 20.0 miles Section 1 – Bass River to Buttonwood Section 2 – Buttonwood Campground to Lower Forge Section 4- Brendan Byrne to Ongs Hat Difficulty: 8 of 10.
Terrain – [...]