Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower

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Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower is a 8.2 mile out and back trail located near Tabernacle Twp, New Jersey that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
236 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

views

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike today, it rained 75% of the time but it made it more beautiful. Would recommend it for a casual hike, my girlfriend said it was lengthy lol oh well

hiking
8 months ago

The hiking trail is not well maintained or marked in some portions. It gets narrow admist very high bushes. The tower view is ok, the top is locked. There is a lot of graffiti periodically in that area and people leave behind garbage. If hiking with a pet be careful for broken glass at the clearing for the tower.

11 months ago

What a lovely walk in the pines! Flat with two climbs and plenty of water for the pup in the first half. We went during fire season so the tower was open and the fire watcher was happy to chat!

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Went here thinking you can climb the tower, you can't, it's locked up with signs of "Keep Out" & "Violators Will Be Prosecuted". Also "signs" for "Security Camera Surveillance" but I did not see any cameras myself. The highlighted red trail on the All Trails map is not accurate to actual accessible trails. The car ride to the staring point took you past the trail which made no sense to me. Can be a fun trail if you prep and plan ahead and don't put all your faith in All Trails for guidance.

P.S. This is deer tick country in warm and summer months, so prepare yourself, dogs and loved ones with tick repellent!

Monday, October 17, 2016

its no longer open to the public..

hiking
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Be careful when you park because our gps brought us to a sand path in the middle of the woods. Luckily we did not get stuck but another group of hikers did. Not exactly kid friendly. The watch tower is filled in with graffiti and curse words. But awesome view from the top if you are brave enough to walk up!!

hiking
Sunday, February 07, 2016

Took the batona trail from carranzo memorial, out and back. Great hike, even in winter. The lookout tower was a nice treat.

hiking
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Cold in the snow!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pretty clear day, climbed up the tower but was locked. Hung out, was still able to see AC and Philly which was cool. Would love to see at night. Anyone know if you can camp or does patrol come around at night?

paddle sports
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Fun

hiking
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Park your car on one of the PAVED roads leading into this area! Unless you have a jeep with excellent off road tires and lots of clearance don't even attempt to drive the roads to the tower.

That being said; having done most of my hiking on more woodsy and mountain trains, this was an interesting change. Flat, Soft, needle covered trails that snake through the Jersey Pine Barrens. Basically blueberry bushes and the Jersey Pines the whole lengthy of the hike. The most difficult part of the hike was the walk on the very soft and sandy road leading to the trail. If you've never hiked the Pine Barrens: you should try it for the change of scenery.

hiking
Friday, May 22, 2015

Fine. Trail needed maintenance and constantly bush whacking. Lots of ticks but fire tower rewarding.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Amazing view from the top of the tower.

hiking
Friday, April 17, 2015

Shuttle-hiked from Apple Pie HIll to Carranza Memorial. Completing the BT, one leg at a time.
Still cold, but not bitter. Perfect weather for the Pine Barrens.

hiking
Saturday, July 12, 2014

This is probably not the best hike to do in the summer. The trail was very overgrown and there were a couple of flies following us on the trail. I would definitely wear pants on this hike if you plan on going in the spring or summer. I plan on sticking to more mountanous hikes in PA but this is not a bad trail if you want to check out the pine barrens.

walking
Sunday, February 23, 2014

Beautiful view of the Pine Barrens, and you can see Philadelphia and Atlantic City from the tower. There may be broken glass around, so be careful.

hiking
Monday, December 02, 2013

Great long hike, easy terrain. Awesome view of Philadelphia and Atlantic City from the fire tower!

hiking
Sunday, October 13, 2013

Hiked from Carranza Memorial to the fire tower and back. Loved it. Cool bogs. Blueberries lined much of the trail. Someone mentioned trash and tags, but that is just at the tower itself. Didnt see but a few other people on the trails and was lucky to have the tower to myself for a leisurely lunch at the top enjoying the views. It can be confusing to get from the Memorial to the trail head - just cross the road go through the campground, and stay to the left of the sandy "road" (i ended up on the road for a while on the way out as i didnt see the trail to the left)

hiking
Friday, August 09, 2013

Hiked from Carranza Memorial to the fire tower and back. Loved it. Cool bogs. Blueberries lined much of the trail. Someone mentioned trash and tags, but that is just at the tower itself. Didnt see but a few other people on thr trails and was lucky to have the tower to myself for a leisurely lunch at the top enjoying hte views. It can be confusing to get from the Memorial to the trail head - just cross the road go through the campground, and stay to the left of the sandy "road" (i ended up on the road for a while on the way out as i didnt see the trail to the left)

hiking
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Good views, but pretty trashy and heavily tagged

hiking
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

its a cool place to go and climb the tower I had fun at night time

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2011

Very nice walk in the colorful season. Parked at Carranza Memorial and hiked in.
Great Views from the top of the tower.

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2011

Great trail to go for a hike to relax and get back to nature. Started at Carranza and it's a nice walk with a few spots to stop for a view of the bogs.

hiking
Friday, August 26, 2011

The trail is very easy and nice to hike. We started at the Carranza Memorial and followed the Batona Trail the whole way. The fire tower offers great views. The trail is a little over grown in some spots, so using bug spray to keep ticks away is a good idea.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nice hike to do while camping in the Wharton State Forest. Dog friendly and easy. Go when the blueberries are in season and you will have a nice snack along the way.

hiking
Saturday, December 25, 2010

Did this section of the Batona Trail from the Carranza Memorial to the fire tower on Apple Pie Hill. The trail is flat with easy footing on somewhat sandy soil. Would have been a more scenic walk in the fall instead of winter, but a nice hike anyway. Only Disappointment was at the base of the fire tower on Apple Pie Hill. It looked like a popular party site with much trash and debris, also the path up the hill was deeply rutted by 4x4s even though the signs prohibit four wheeling. Be sure to climb up the fire tower to the top level the view is certainly worth the trip

off road driving
Saturday, May 08, 2010

South Jersey doesn't offer much in the way of mountains or even foothills, but you can still find some adventure out in the pines..I didn't do much hiking out in these parts since it's all pine trees that all look the same and it's pretty much flat, but I did do a lot of 4 wheeling which has some challenges out there. Apple Pie Hill has an area for your jeep or truck, with a somewhat steep hill with large crevasses to climb in, out, and around of. There's another area further down the trail that takes you to "The Pit".. a large deep mud pit that many people try to drive all the way through, only to get stuck at a hidden wall deep within the pit. I wouldn't say these areas are for the family since it gets busy especially on the weekends with rowdy party goers and drunks. If you're stuck in S. Jersey and own a 4wd vehicle, you probably know about this place already.

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