Batona Trail is a 51.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Chatsworth, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This pink-blazed trail through the Jersey Pines can be accessed from several points, and many miles of sand roads can be used to create loop hikes. There are back country campsites (permit required) in Wharton State Forest at Buttonwood Hill, Lower Forge and Batona Camp, as well as campgrounds in Bass River State Forest at Lake Absegami just off Stage Road, and in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest at Brendan T. Byrne Camp just off Rt. 72. The trail is mostly level, passing through Pine/ Oak forest and Atlantic White Cedar swamps, crossing small streams, and meeting the Batsto River at a few spots, with a not-very high point at Apple Pie Hill, 205 feet above sea level.
Went on a backpacking trip on Batona Trail in August, with a few family members. Trails are marked well, but so are the fire access roads, which can easily confuse you. There's only two camps that provide water, so plan accordingly if you're doing more of a day hike. Please don't forget your water filters, either, as the waterways you pass on this trail are all cedar water! Fun fact: Batona is short for Back To Nature!
very flat and not much to see but places where people dumped thier household trash sadly...however it is a safe place to run and not be struck by a texting motorist....silver lining.