So, the Batona Trail is South Jersey’s PREMIER (also, only) long distance hiking trail. It can be a fun adventure to spend 3 or 4 or 5 days backpacking the whole thing.
But some folks don’t have 3 or 4 or 5 days in a row. Other folks (we call them intelligent people who aren’t trying to kill their bodies) don’t backpack. But the Batona is still awesome and you still want to do it.
This post is for you… how to split the Batona Trail up! I’ll be putting down the distances between potential parking, which you can use to figure out how to complete either by doing out-and-backs or doing a car shuttle. I’ll be sticking to [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]