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March 9, 2023

1808 Trail- Sand and Water Trail – Batona Loop – Washington Twp, NJ

1808 Trail- Sand and Water Trail – Batona Loop – Wharton State Forest, Washington Township, Burlington County, NJ Distance – 7.2 miles total (can explore just the 1808 Trail with a shorter out-and-back from Buttonwood) Type – Loop Difficulty:  3 of 10

Updated March 25, 2023 – Added in info for starting at Buttonwood.

Website –  https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/whartonstateforest.html Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Swamps, forest, meadows Surface – Dirt

Trailheads – 39° 38.620’N, 74° 38.812’W – Trail starts behind the Batsto Visitors Center.  Go through the gap in the rail fence to the [...]

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March 16, 2017

Six Pine Barrens Ghost Towns to explore!

South Jersey Trails is four years old!   In celebration, I highlight an area I’ve been blessed enough to spend the last 24 years exploring – the Pine Barrens.  I started with a post on the Best Hikes in the Pine Barrens.  But hiking isn’t what hooked me on the pine barrens all those years ago (and boy, what great hiking there is there), it was the history.

So when you think of ghost towns, you probably think like me: cowboys, swinging doors, tumbleweeds…

You know, this. (Note – Bodie State Park in California).

But the pine barrens have dozens of ghost towns of their own.  Sure, there [...]

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March 15, 2017

Best Hikes in the Pine Barrens

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 [...]

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July 19, 2015

Batsto Lake White Trail – Batsto, NJ

Batsto Lake White Trail – Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest, Washington Township, Burlington County, NJ Distance: 4 miles Type: loop. Difficulty: 3 of 10. Updated: July 25, 2017

NOTICE: This trail was hit by a 3,500 acre fire in July 2017.  It has been closed for a little less than a week so far.  However, the blazes for the trail were damaged by the fire and are unlikely to be fixed before Labor Day 2017.

Terrain – Hills, swamp, pine forest, and the shore of a lake.

Trailheads –  39° 38.749’N,  74° 38.790’W.  Back end of the parking lot at Batsto, furthest end from the Visitors Center.

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