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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 7, 2018

Pennington Park – Delanco, NJ

Pennington Park – Delanco, Burlington County, NJ Distance – 3.8 miles of trails total Type – Loops Difficulty:  1 of 10

Website – Pennington Park (Burlington County Parks) Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Note: Click here to view the information for the Newton’s Landing Trail, which starts in Pennington Park and heads west along Rancocas Creek.

Terrain – grasslands, swamps, and woods Surface – crushed gravel and pavement

Trailheads – Western parking lot (near playgrounds) –  40° 2’19.66″N,  74°56’0.00″W Eastern parking lot near picnic tables –  40° 2’8.85″N,  [...]

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July 23, 2018

Bass River State Forest – Bass River, NJ

Bass River State Forest  – Bass River, Burlington County and Ocean County, NJ Distance – 23 miles total (13 miles of which will be covered in this post) Type – Various loops and out-and-backs Difficulty: 2 of 10

Entrance fee – Memorial Day to Labor Day – $5 per car on a weekday ($10 out-of-state) and $10 on a weekend or holiday ($20 out-of-state) (2018 numbers).  Free rest of the year.

Website – Bass River State Forest website Open – 8 a.m. to dusk, camping areas open 24 hours.

Terrain – Woodlands, swamps Surface – sand or cinders

Trailheads – 39°37’27.32″N,  74°25’31.23″W (Red, [...]

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July 23, 2018

Buttonwood Hill Campground – Washington Twp, NJ

Buttonwood Hill Campground Wharton State Forest Washington Township, Burlington County, NJ

Address: Route 542 (Batsto Bridgeport Road) & Burnt Schoolhouse Rd, Washington, NJ 08251 Coordinates:  39°37’43.14″N,  74°37’2.76″W

Directions: Coming from Batsto, turn left onto Route 542.  Drive for about two miles, turn left just after Crowley’s Landing.  If you see Bellhaven Paddlesports, you missed it!

Access: Short dirt road, very accessible.

Website for official info: http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html

Website for campsite booking and pricing: www.camping.nj.gov

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