I parked along Carranza rd near the memorial and hiked in towards the Batona Camp. I hiked to the Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower and back to Carranza rd. Nice flat hike on soft pine needles and sandy trail bed. About 8 miles total. Points of interest are the Carranza Memorial, Batona Camp and the Fire Tower. There is also a scenic pond near the camp.The Pine Barrens are a nice change of pace for me. Ill hike this entire trail in sections. 53 miles total.
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.