Wharton State Forest: Batona Campground Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Wharton State Forest: Batona Campground Trail is a 7.8 mile out and back trail located near Vincentown, New Jersey that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
301 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

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hiking
1 month ago

This was a really nice hiking spot. The trail was well marked and enjoyable. There was a beautiful lake by the campground and the a fire tower at the end of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

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hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

trail running
Thursday, September 08, 2016

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.

camping
Saturday, October 31, 2015

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.

hiking
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Did the trail in three days. I saw only a handful of people.

hiking
Saturday, August 01, 2015

walking
Saturday, November 02, 2013