|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – June 2012
Follow a river through the surprisingly wild Pine Barrens.
5. (7.9) Lower Forge Camp. Set up in the spacious, pine-ringed clearing, the trail’s most remote site. The gentle flow of a narrow, shallow section of the Batsto River burbles from beyond a wall of shrubs and low trees.
6. (8.9-12.7) The Barrens’ sandy, acidic soil is poor for crops (hence the name), but great for blueberries and huckleberries. Snack from the low bushes scraping your shins (ripe in late June or early July). Good idea: knee-high gaiters.
7. (13.6) Detour east on the wide, sandy fire road .2 mile to the Carranza Memorial, a large stone obelisk erected in memory of Emilio Carranza (known as “the Mexican Lindbergh”), who died when his plane crashed nearby in 1928.
8. (13.9) Pass the roadside Batona Camp.
9. (17.6) Apple Pie Hill (205 feet): Climb the narrow metal steps to the top of the 60-foot, red-and-white fire tower for views of an ocean of pine trees that seems to stretch forever in every direction. If it’s clear, glimpse the skylines of Atlantic City (40 miles southeast) and Philadelphia (35 miles west). Retrieve the car you’ve stashed here.
Get there Shuttle: From Marlton, take NJ 70 E 11.2 miles to New Rd. In 6.6 miles, right on Ringler Ave.; park in 1.7 miles. Trailhead: Return to CR 532 E. Take CR 563 S 15.2 miles, left on CR 542 4.6 miles to Batsto Village.
Gear up REI, 501 NJ 73 S, Marlton. (856) 810-1938; rei.com
Contact (609) 561-0024, bit.ly/njwharton
Permit Reserve ahead for pickup at trailhead; $5/person/night ($3 NJ residents).
Trip data backpacker.com/hikes/1441561