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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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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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June 20, 2015

Mullica River Trail – Atsion to Batsto, NJ – Backpack or hike!

Mullica River Trail – Wharton State Forest – Atsion, Shamong, Burlington County to Batsto, Hammonton, Atlantic County, NJ Distance: 9.5 miles (can be done as a one night backpacking trip or as a day hike) Type: One way Difficulty:  3 of 10

Terrain – forest, swamps, meadows

Trailheads – Atsion –  39°44’30.37″N,  74°43’33.55″W (next to ranger station/general store) –   (5.5 miles to campsite from here) Batsto –  39°38’33.67″N,  74°39’18.61″W (on dirt Batsto Lake Road) (4 miles to campsite from here)

Note – you can also

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February 27, 2014

Mullica River Paddle (Overnight) – Atsion to Pleasant Mills

Mullica River Paddle – Atsion to Pleasant Mills – Burlington County, NJ- Overnight or all in one go! Distance: Best guess – 10 miles.  Heard everything from 8 (seems short) to 15 (seems long). The official number is 10, but ever that didn’t seem right. Type: One way Difficulty: 5 of 10, mostly for length of time it took Updated: 8/12/2019

Terrain – Narrow, winding river with lots and lots of sharp curves.  Later on, broad marsh lands.

Put ins – Atsion –  39° 44.397’N,  74° 43.473’W.  This is located across from the old Cotton Mill, a short distance off of Rt 206, directly across from Atsion Lake (but NOT Quaker Bridge Road… if [...]

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