Hiking The Batona Trail - South

The 27th most popular hiking trail in New Jersey.

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East of Wilmington near Hammonton in the Wharton State Forest, the Batona Trail is a 50+ mile route passing through pine forests with white sandy areas and several river crossings. This easy walking trail, well marked with pink blazes, runs for 50 miles through Bass River State Forest, Wharton State Forest and Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, crossing streams and passing through forested areas that were once bustling towns with names such as Four Mile, Butler, Martha and Washington. This portion of the Batona Trail is maintained by the NJ State Park Service, Outdoor Club of South Jersey and the Batona Hiking Club.

The Batona trail began in 1961 when the Batona Hiking Club charted and cleared a trail from Carpenter Spring on Lebnon State Forest to Batsto on Wharton State Forest. Subsequent expansion culminated in 1987 with the Batona Trail now stretching from Ongs Hat on Lebanon State Forest, through Batsto and Wharton State Forest, and on to Bass River State Forest, a total of approximately 50 miles. The trail is maintained jointly by the Batona Hiking Club and the State Park Service.

Batona stands for Back TO Nature. It was planned as a wilderness trail, yet is a very easy to follow trail, mostly flat lands, with some sugar sand trails and wetter areas as one passes through the cedar swamps. The Batona trail is marked with prominent pink blazes, making it very easy to follow. It is accessible at many points as it crosses a number of roads.

Overall, Batona Trail - South is the 27th most popular hiking trail of all 29 hikes in New Jersey. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Batona Trail - South including Batona Trail - North and Wharton State Forest.

Batona Trail - South Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Wharton State Forest (609) 561-0024; NJ Tourism (800) JERSEY7.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking New Jersey" from Paul DeCoste

Best Season:  May - Oct

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Atsion Campground; Godfrey Bridge Campground

Reference Source:  click here http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/

GPS:  39.6242, -74.4434

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  7/29/2016

ID:  20053

Batona Trail - South Hiking Map


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