|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Lose yourself in woods deep enough to terrify mobsters (at least the TV version, in the “Pine Barrens” episode of The Sopranos). But wild in New Jersey doesn’t mean hard: The pancake-flat, 17.6-mile shuttle hike along the 50-mile Batona Trail is mellow enough for newbies, and it’s just an hour’s drive from Philadelphia. You’ll journey alongside the country’s largest cranberry bogs and snag long-distance views from the region’s highest fire tower.
-Mapped by Karl "Kayak Karl" Rothenbach. Description by Amy Reinink.