A multi-day adventure through the wilds of New Jersey

Statistics

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301

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Difficult

Description

Stretching approximately 50 miles from Ong's Hat in the north to Bass River State Forest in the south, the Batona Trail winds its way through the heart of the Pine Barrens, one of New Jersey's most unique and ecologically significant regions.

The trail is named after the three state parks it connects: Bass River State Forest, Wharton State Forest, and Brendan T.

Byrne State Forest. As you stroll along the Batona Trail, you'll be surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pine Barrens, with its dense forests of pitch pine and Atlantic white cedar, pristine streams, and expansive bogs (which are nicer than they sound!) The Batona Trail is well-marked with distinctive pink blazes, so it's mostly easy to follow, but keep an eye on FATMAP on the more remote sections.

The trail is primarily flat and level, with some sections featuring boardwalks and bridges to traverse wet or marshy areas. There are plenty of options for camping, with designated campsites located at various points along the trail.

Whether you're looking to spend a single day exploring a section of the trail or embark on a multi-day backpacking adventure, the Batona Trail is a brilliant journey through the New Jersey Pine Barrens.