Explore the most popular paddle sports trails in New Jersey with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Good trail, trail map needs to be updated

a 3.5 mile hike turned into a 4 hour 10 mile hike.. beautiful flatland meander thru the forest on Jan. 1

trail running
17 days ago

My perfect running trail. 5 miles, market at one mile intervals, flat and well maintained. Go in the morning or evening since it can get crowded on a nice weekend day.

Good place to get out to the woods for a short day hike. It is what you would expect for the Pine Barrens. Relatively flat and no incredible views although the lake is nice. It is quiet and wasn't crowded when I went during the colder months. Trails are well marked.

excellent

Great trail for a woods adventure.
fr/ Batsto up to the Bridge is a nice stretch, and the walk back reminds one of his or her feet. there are some really nice vistas for such a flat trail. We
flatlanders can't get much nicer
forestry places than this . Of course the trail (Batona) does go a lot farther.

Easily a local favorite. Has always been well kept with easy access to other activities.

hiking
1 month ago

Great to be back! I hiked this area in the 60's and 70's with the Boy Scouts leaving from Winnebago Scout Reservation. The trails were not blazed back then, but were passed down from boy to boy over the years. The blazed trails take a slightly different route then I remember giving a great hike with several climbs and views (particularly from Indian Cliffs). This route passes 4 bodies of water and presents a nice day in the woods

Easy loop. Mostly level and well maintained trail.

nice

2 months ago

6 miles is a good healthy hike with couple of steep climbs. Close to home. So finish and you can get home.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail very nice for the beginner

hiking
2 months ago

We went trail walking in the stroller with our 3 month old. He loved it and fell asleep for at least half of the 4 mi. Batso Lake Trail. People had their dogs and it did not seem to bother anyone. The staff in the main office where the bathrooms are were very nice. Its a beautiful place to explore the NJ pine barrens anytime of year (especially during foliage time). Even in mid November we found ticks on us :O

Great for a nice short hike. Nothing special to see, but there are a few overlooks and its a lot of fun on the rocky parts. Make sure to keep an eye on the trail markers.

hiking
2 months ago

History frozen! I loved exploring here! We lucked out with a beautiful day! Trails were a blast.

Very beautiful views of the Batsto Lake

hiking
2 months ago

Midweek hike at end of October. The wooded parts of the trail were totally unmarked and leaf covered. GPS and knowledge how to use essential to avoid getting lost. Trail intersected with 15 ft wide creek that was deep and could not be crossed. Had to detour and added two miles to hike. Beautiful area for walking on local tractor trails but do not recommend wooded portion for inexperienced hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

Had a very nice walk and enjoyed the Pines. This a great walk not to long but well marked. Beautiful views of the lake. Love my Day in the Pines. We will be back again.

You could hear the highway pretty much the whole time and the views were ok but kind of blocked by the trees. The beginning/end part by the river was really nice though, and it’s good for seeing animals. I saw a hawk catch a squirrel, which was both terrifying and super cool! I might do it again but it wasn’t my favorite hike in the area.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. I had to drive 50 miles to get here. This is on a Sunday, two days after a rainy day. As soon as I arrived in the parking lot. There were two big potholes at the gate and there were 4 parking spaces still open but they were in huge ankle-deep puddles. Luckily, I brought my boots. I started on the main trail. I came across more huge puddles. I had to try and balance myself to walk on some fallen tree branches to avoid step in these puddles because my boots have a side zipper, therefore only mostly waterproof. I didn't want to push my luck. It's no fun hiking with wet socks, sure way to get blisters.
But because all these water and moisture in this park, I get to see beautiful waterfalls, mushrooms on trees, green moss on rocks. I don't regret it at all. I started on the dark blue trail, then red trail, then white trail. I turned back after 3 miles or 1.5 hours. I made a wrong turn and ended up returning on the Ranger's trail, it has very steep and rocky slope. I wish I had my trekking poles because I have bad knees. They hurt doing steep descent. But I managed it ok.

This was a tough hike from start to finish. The white blazers are very hard to find so you've really got to pay attention. Plan to hike this loop early. If not you'll run into early darkness. Make sure your boots are water proof. Lots of mud on this trail. The Hawkswatch is amazing and the Split Rock Reservoir is amazing. Pay attention on this trail. Trust me.

Pleasant hike on a well marked trail. Good starter trail for an amateur. (That’s me) There seemed to be a few other trails that crossed this one, I will probably return to try some of those.

Beautiful trail! Too many bikes on the trail the day we were there. Hard to relax for fear of bikes coming up behind us.

We come here often and its always a beautiful hike!

A lovely trail. Once you get hiking the forest engulfs. It felt like I was in a remote area and not on a city trail in suburbia.

Trail Candy

hiking
3 months ago

Small easy hike.

A little muddy but still enjoyable. Lots of families out enjoying themselves.

trail running
3 months ago

I’ve been coming here for years! It’s one of my favorite places to run. A measured 5 mile loop with plenty of scenic waterfront nooks to catch your breath if needed. Keep your eyes peeled, there are usually cats - and sometimes chickens running around here!

Very nice trail! Not good for road biking due to big rocks mountain bike is better!!

Very easy trail. A little muddy on the north side but easily negotiable. Took an infant in a backpack and had no trouble. Easy to extend trail distance depending how you feel. Limited parking but spaces turn over

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