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Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower via Batona Trail

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Wharton State Forest

Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower via Batona Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vincentown, New Jersey that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 8.6 mi Elevation gain 239 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Forest Views No dogs
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Brittany Bowman
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Lena Baydar
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HikingGreat!

I had a great hike at Apple Pie Hill Fire tower . It was over 9 miles because I parked my car at wrong location it’s fine at least I got to see Carranza Memorial Monuments,Batona. Camping site ,it was very sandy,little too sunny . It wasn’t crowded it was only me and couple trail runners. Well marked trails. I followed the pink trail mark . I made it up to Fire Tower I wasn’t lucky enough to go up . It is closed. It was enjoyable pine trees,birds and nature .

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Daniel Wilkerson
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Fun, easy trail that's well marked.

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Jennifer haines
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Kambria Goldstein
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Kelsey Lambright
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Gira Shukla
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Christian Maisch
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Fire Tower is closed, a crew happened to be working on it when we got there and they said it is likely going to be closed for the next several months. Trail was very nice and relaxing.

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V Cooper
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Great trail. Marked well and easy to navigate. This trail allows you to see the Carranza Monument, Batona Campsite, some water/pond, lots of trees and Apple Pie fire tower. Fire tower is closed to public at this time.

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Michael Haughey
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Today was a beautiful day for a hike. Sky was clear and the trail was dry. Hiked from Batona camp to Apple Pie fire tower There was a ranger up the tower and I was able to go up and check out the views. The ranger was very informative. .

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Kathy Murphy
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Batona Trail from Pakim Pond to Carranza Memorial.

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No apples or pie, but a closed/gated tower...bummer. Seriously though, the trail is definitely very well maintained and blazed. Without the chance of getting up into the tower, you aren’t going to see any view, but the trails and forest scenery in general are still very nice and worth it.

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Diana Patrizia
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HikingBugs

A sincere thank you to whomever is maintaining this trail (and the trail markings) - both are terrific! Not a ton of visual interest but a lovely walk through the woods. The fire tower at Apple Pie Hill was closed (on a Saturday afternoon) due to lack of staff on-site. I found a tick on my arm after this hike on a warm-ish day in January - super glad I came in the winter and literally cannot imagine the tick situation in summer! It must be crazy intense. I passed about a dozen people (and two campers) taking advantage of the good weather. Parking near the Carranza memorial is a little confusing - there are two large areas behind it and on the day I was there filled with horse trailers.

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Lisa Varesio
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Trail was marked great. Very clear trail. Two inclines to give the hike some interest.

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Brendyn Proffitt
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Decent trail. Would be a 5 star rating if the fire tower wasn’t blocked off. A little confusion to find markers in the beginning, but becomes pretty easy to navigate for the rest of the trail.

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Megan O'Keefe
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I parked right in the front of Batona Campground (at least that's what I think it's called). Following the pink blazes was super easy the entire way through. in the beginning you're walking on/next to the campground's dirt roads so it doesn't really feel right, but keep going and it'll start to feel like a trail.

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Michael King
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the entire point of walking through the most boring forested area with nothing but scrubbie Pines and scrubby Oaks and every once in a while you may see a bird all to get to the fire tower that they don't even allow you to climb up did we not pay for that fire tower to be put up who wants to walk to a bunch of Sugar Sand for 8 miles to get to a freaking tower that you could have driven to my entire life so that you could go to the Tower not so you can walk down eight miles of Sugar Sand and a bunch of big ass mud pits! being the only reason to go to apple pie Hill is to climb the tower not walk up the steps any jackass can walk up the steps but I often are you presented with a beautifully made climbing tower I remember my friends used to climb on top of the thing and watched the Stars when they're used to be stars in New Jersey he kind of pointless now get up there and watch all the planes go over head sound like fun and I got to walk 8 miles to Sugar Sand and sucking swamp even better. that's why the pineys derail that train down there look it up it's a good story. The train stopped, stopping in Chatsworth, they started to just throw the newspapers at them as they went by. So what the pineys do? well they took away the goddamn tracks and the train derailed!!

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Ivy Babson
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Very easy hike, plenty of plant and tree diversity! Trail was marked just fine. only disappointed that the fire tower was closed, would be nice if there was a schedule of when it would be open!

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Ekaterina Sedia
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Good hike!

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Ekaterina Sedia
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Great easy hike, cedar swamps and a couple of hills to keep things from getting too monotonous.

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Sarah Knapp
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I would recommend this trail to anybody for a dog friendly relatively easy walk out and back. Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower at end of trail is only open when fire watchers are on duty so we were not able to get the view. No real views along trail but no traffic and nicely kept trail.

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Jesse Miller
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This is a great spot for a hike / trail run (I used it as the later). I went in March and the trail wasn’t overgrown, but I’d give hesitancy to do this in Summer due to overgrowth and ticks. Any time October - April is probably a golden time to hike. Initial parking was a bit confusing, but as you approach, you can park in the lots behind the Carranza memorial or pull into batona camp ground and park there. There’s not pavement or parking spots, you make your own in essence. The hardest part was finding the trail - pink blazes - which you can pick up by walking down the paved road a bit or thru the campground entrance and picking it up just past the parking area. Signage is slim, but look out for the blazes - they’re there! There are a lot of side trails and sand road crossings, but if you pay attention and keep alert for the blazes, it’s well marked and easy to navigate. The scenery is beautiful (quintessential pinelands) with some stream crossings. The end goal for most (myself included) is the fire tower. I got lucky - a ranger was in and invited me up to the top. The view was astounding - I could see Philadelphia, AC and a swath of pinelands for 360 degrees. He even pointed out some controlled fires burning. While this was great - DO NOT go up if no one is there. It is illegal and you can be prosecuted if caught. The ranger suggested calling ahead to see when a ranger is in to schedule a visit to the top. This is totally worth it, as it made the run all the better. 10/10 would do again!

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bella .
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went on a warm day (62) in february and wasnt pleased at all. for 90% of the hike the terrain looks the same. theres nothing special or interesting. i remember thinking it was cool when i saw the train tracks, then the tower- thats it. got bit by a tick, too. it was hard to find the pink trail at first- it didnt start AT the monument... maybe 1/4 mile away. keep in mind that there is no cell phone service and the paths to drive out of the park are very muddy.

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Jackie MJ
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This trail is not well marked . You see colored blazes everywhere but I didn’t see any signs of what color goes were . If your trying to get to Apple Pie Tower you need to follow pink. I missed a right turn at one point ended up adding a extra mile . Maybe about est mile in -AFTER A BRIDGE Look to the right for a small opening in a wooded area and pink blazes . You now will enter more of a wooded area . If you see a blue blaze at any point on your left you went to far and missed your turn ...turn around . Wear waterproof shoes . I didn’t think I needed them on this hike but it rained a few days before and a lot of the trail was walking through puddles. Also, take your time on the little bridge passings as they are slippery. They look so innocent but they definitely aren’t . My hiking boots have good grip and I still managed to fall. This hike took me 4 1/2 hours -that’s including a very long lunch break at the Tower . I walked fast on this day as I started late .There was no cell service the entire hike for me and I did not see anybody on the trail the day I went . Something to think about if you choose to go solo . I enjoyed it a lot but the fact there was no service and nobody to be seen I didn’t always feel too safe . Jersey Devil could be out there haha .I think if I did it again solo I would have to bring my emergency beacon . It’s a long way out on your own if you needed help for anything .Not a difficult hike at all but if you do not hike much this may end up being a leg burner for you as it’s long . Great trail to train for harder hikes !!!

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Tom Watson
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One of best So. Jersey hikes .includes mysterious Mt. Korbar. and then the snow capped peak of The Apple Pie Hill (when there's snow). way, way too bad they blocked access to the fire tower (asshole kids). Start early in winter.

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Brandy C. Boyington
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Deciding where to park was tough but a fellow hiker helped us out. Trail was fun.

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Robert Burns
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Hiking

Nice trail. Only saw one other hiker on a Saturday. The trail markings around the camp grounds were confusing. The trail runs immediately to the left of the privy. Other than that it was was marked

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Rosemary Vivian Gohd
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Backpacking

well marked. clean. beautiful.

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