Wharton State Forest: Batona Campground Trail is a 7.8 mile out and back trail located near Vincentown, NJ that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
I have run the entire trail in all four seasons, I can appreciate a trail anywhere but the terrain is painfully flat, and the sights and sounds are somewhat bland. There are LOTs of major road crossings so the sense of a peaceful wilderness experience is short lived. Firetowers are pretty cool though, so the flat terrain offers a view for miles. Bring bug spray, and be mindful of some of the spur trails marked similarly to the single pink blazes.
Stayed overnight at this campground in mid-November 2014 with a group of boy scouts. We hiked in from the Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower. It was nice to see the nearby Carranza Memorial at night.
Did the trail in three days. I saw only a handful of people.