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    Post Batona Trail Map Update

    I have been thinking a lot about the Batona Trail lately, partly as a possible trip for a church youth group, and partly because I might take it upon myself to create the first detailed trail guide. In any event, I hiked a bit of it this week and drove around and saw a lot of other parts of it, and collected a good bit of information. The map situation for the trail is a bit complex right now, and since I've seen the trail discussed several times on here, I thought it might be useful to others to list what I've found out:

    1.) The most recent map of the entire trail (dating to 2010, I believe) can be found here:

    http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandf...atona14web.pdf

    2.) An older map (2000) can be downloaded in several parts from this page:

    http://troop310.cyberpuppi.com/Batona.htm

    The first map gives you a much more extensive view of the surrounding territory and how to get to the trail from many of the major roads in the area, particularly north of Batsto. The second map has much greater detail, and gives names for many of the smaller roads, which could be helpful in finding your way to the trail via car.

    Neither of these, however, shows the two major relocations to the trail that were completed last year. They are as follows:

    3.) The bigger of the two is that the trail has been moved to run through the Franklin Parker Preserve, a area owned by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation which connects Brendan Byrne (formerly Lebanon) and Wharton State Forests. This eliminates a long and, from what I understand, not always aesthetically pleasing roadwalk. Fortunately, the preserve has created a very nice map of this, which can be found here:

    http://www.ocsj.org/images/BATONA-FRANKLIN_PARKER.pdf

    4.) The other relocation is in Bass River, and takes the trail off Stage Road, coming into the southern terminus from the north instead. I have not been able to find this map online yet, so I took the liberty of scanning the paper map that is available at the terminus. It is attached below.

    5.) Lastly, for those that may be interested in doing loops involving the Batona or taking alternative routes, the trail map for Brendan Byrne SF is here:

    http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandf..._Trail_Map.pdf

    and the map for the Atsion-Batsto area of Wharton SF can be found here:

    http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-ma...-trail-map.pdf

    Anyway, I hope this is useful to some of you, and enjoy!
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    Thanks for the Batona update. i grew up in south Jersey. My scout troop did a lot of hiking around Chatsworth, and Batsto with some canoeing on the Oswego and Mullica. I've wanted to get back to that area for a "last look" at some familiar terrain though it has been years I've been there. This map and your info help a lot. Thanks. now to get from PHL to the north trailhead. It ought to be easy to get to AC at the end and catch a bus back to PHL.
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    A plethora of maps for sure,lots of good information on this trail. Kudos to getting this trail some deserved publicity. Permethrin treated clothing could be the first order of the day as much of the trail is surrounded by wetlands.
    There doesn't seem like much elevation change when the trail swings away from Lake Batsto-- looks like about 75ft = 25 meters.
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    Hey this is great, why just tonight I was talking about this trail with a friend.......very cool_2.gifthanks for posting!

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    I'm planning a two or so day hike here in early June. What is it like to camp here -- is all of the camping at designated sites? Has anyone actually put together a loop, or is the Batona trail the best show in that area?
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    wow. lots of info after a bit of a search -- on a trail i'd never heard of! must contact kayak karl... sounds like it might actually be fun to hike this trail.
    Lazarus

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1azarus View Post
    I'm planning a two or so day hike here in early June. What is it like to camp here -- is all of the camping at designated sites? Has anyone actually put together a loop, or is the Batona trail the best show in that area?
    I was wondering the same thing (where to make camp) this trail is basically in my back yard, and I've never hiked it.

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    Guys, from my experience from hiking the trail, you can only camp at the designated campsites that you will find on the map. Which sometimes leads to some long hulls between camgrounds. Trail though, is relatively flat aside from a bump at Apple Pie Hill, if I remember correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twilight View Post
    Guys, from my experience from hiking the trail, you can only camp at the designated campsites that you will find on the map. Which sometimes leads to some long hulls between camgrounds. Trail though, is relatively flat aside from a bump at Apple Pie Hill, if I remember correctly.

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    Thanks Twilight, good to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dperry View Post
    i have been thinking a lot about the batona trail lately, partly as a possible trip for a church youth group, and partly because i might take it upon myself to create the first detailed trail guide. In any event, i hiked a bit of it this week and drove around and saw a lot of other parts of it, and collected a good bit of information. The map situation for the trail is a bit complex right now, and since i've seen the trail discussed several times on here, i thought it might be useful to others to list what i've found out:

    1.) the most recent map of the entire trail (dating to 2010, i believe) can be found here:

    http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandf...atona14web.pdf

    2.) an older map (2000) can be downloaded in several parts from this page:

    http://troop310.cyberpuppi.com/batona.htm

    the first map gives you a much more extensive view of the surrounding territory and how to get to the trail from many of the major roads in the area, particularly north of batsto. The second map has much greater detail, and gives names for many of the smaller roads, which could be helpful in finding your way to the trail via car.

    Neither of these, however, shows the two major relocations to the trail that were completed last year. They are as follows:

    3.) the bigger of the two is that the trail has been moved to run through the franklin parker preserve, a area owned by the new jersey conservation foundation which connects brendan byrne (formerly lebanon) and wharton state forests. This eliminates a long and, from what i understand, not always aesthetically pleasing roadwalk. Fortunately, the preserve has created a very nice map of this, which can be found here:

    http://www.ocsj.org/images/batona-franklin_parker.pdf

    4.) the other relocation is in bass river, and takes the trail off stage road, coming into the southern terminus from the north instead. I have not been able to find this map online yet, so i took the liberty of scanning the paper map that is available at the terminus. It is attached below.

    5.) lastly, for those that may be interested in doing loops involving the batona or taking alternative routes, the trail map for brendan byrne sf is here:

    http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandf..._trail_map.pdf

    and the map for the atsion-batsto area of wharton sf can be found here:

    http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-ma...-trail-map.pdf

    anyway, i hope this is useful to some of you, and enjoy!

    thank you so much! I have assembled the base trail map the two reroute images into one image and submitted them to maprika so they are available to all. Maprika is a free phone ap... Just search for batona in their map index, or let me know if you have trouble finding it.
    Lazarus

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    Good timing. I have been looking into this trail as well.

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    Just saw this while thinking about an early spring DIAD ... excellent info, dperry! Thanks. Those relocations are GREAT, much better choices.

    GPX track from 4/2011 DIAD: http://www.attackpoint.org/sessionda...sionid=1830004

    One page PDF with an older track. I forget where I found this originally (it's not my track or map), but you can print it out so that it's on two sides of an 8.5x11 piece of paper, which is nice, or print on 11x17: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5z2s7ypvzkrquy7/C8hg7BaOhI

    Man, now I want to head over and hit the trail! Late fall would be a beautiful time to do this easy, peaceful trail.

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    Whoops, wrong link to the map. Bah. Here it is: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vg62k8pix6...tona-11x17.pdf

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    here is the new re-route http://connect.garmin.com/activity/254361028
    ong-batona http://connect.garmin.com/activity/79924912
    batona-buttonwood http://connect.garmin.com/activity/79925335
    buttonwooh-bass http://connect.garmin.com/activity/98283232

    i plan on hiking it again thanksgiving weekend and mapping it in one file with re-route in it.
    I'm so confused, I'm not sure if I lost my horse or found a rope.

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    Wish I had seen this thread before getting the glossy Batona Trail Brochure w/ the map printed on it from Bass River and Wharton SPs. THX. I'll be doing it in the next two wks too with the newish reroute. Might be interesting as I'll then be able to compare what I hiked on the old route awhile back.

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    I had a few days of nice weather in NJ before Christmas and was antsy to stretch the legs on a walk about so just thru-hiked this taking all the new re-routes.

    Couple of thoughts:

    Especially thought the reroute through Franklin Parker Preserve was a BIG improvement over the old route. I used to hunt by special permission on this property decades ago when it was owned by the Parker Family. It has some nice thick forests and almost impenetrable undergrowth thickets that the oldest, craftiest, and often largest deer, including the older bucks, liked to immerse themselves in when they felt threatened by humans. I saw a Bald Eagle, several Whitetail Deer, and an Owl(couldn't identify though) as I hiked through the Preserve. Saw some Bobcat tracks as well. This reroute has better access to water at several bogs compared to the older route that went by Hedger House.

    The older routes between Hwy 532 crossing Hwy 563 to Hwy 72 and near Bass River State Forest on Dperry's 1) http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandf...atona14web.pdf link and on 2) http://troop310.cyberpuppi.com/Batona.htm are reflected on these maps. No totally complete map all in one of the BT exists yet as far as I know. These links reflect the trail brochure you will receive if you contact anyone of the NJ State Forest Offices the BT goes through asking for the free Batona Tr(BT) map(Bass River, Wharton, Brendan T Byrne). IF you do want the glossy BT Brochure make sure you ask for the black and white Franklin Parker Preserve reroute with it or download it from this thread. Personally, I would like the Preserve Reroute map to be in color though to more easily distinguish features such as water sources, roads, etc. Franklin Parker Preserve Reroute signage identifies the reroute and is well blazed in pink! Basically, the entire BT is exceptionally well blazed and easy to follow including very good blazing at all junctions! It's as easy as the AT to follow. The pink blazing could use an update between Batona Camp and Apple Pie Hill though. BTW, climbed up the AP Hill Fire Tower when I got there at night and could see Atlantic City to the south and Philadelphia to the west on the horizon. The shorter reroute near Bass River State Forest near the southern terminus is nicely detailed on a trail map available through Bass River State Forest. You can easily walk the 1 mile from the Bass River SF HDQTRS along the power line to the Batona Tr southern terminus on Stage Rd. I'll try posting this in the next few days.

    Overall, had a great walk seeing only a handful of BT section hikers, no campers, mountain bikers(on a cross trail, NO bikes on the BT), and a few trail runners. Weather was unseasonably warm(highs from 55-67*, night time lows around 40-50*) with partly sunny skies but intermittent rain on the last day - Glorious hiking weather on an easy to follow and easy to hike trail. Oh, although I've never seen one, and don't think the BT is all that great for wildlife, I saw my first otter on the Batso River. Saw quite a bit of various species of waterfowl too.

    Tips/Suggestions: Protect yourself from ticks on the BT! IDEAL trail to hammock. Consider taking the red/blue/white alternate along Batso Lake that connects back up with the BT in the Batso Area. Look at this map: http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-ma...-trail-map.pdf. Some snack vending machines at the Batso Park Office Nature Center. All the Fire Towers I went by were locked so you couldn't get up to the very top. If you hike in spring, summer, and early fall you might consider bringing a Pinelands Preserve wildflower/plant and wildlife book.

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    New Batona topo map was made

    Batona Trail with Reroute Map Super B 1.jpgBatona Trail with Reroute Map Super B 1.pdf

    KK

    Feel free to download and re-post.
    I'm so confused, I'm not sure if I lost my horse or found a rope.

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    Very nice, thanks. Look forward to hitting that trail again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketsocks View Post
    Very nice, thanks. Look forward to hitting that trail again.
    the PDF prints out large 13x19.
    i plan on hiking the trail 5/1-3/15 if you or anybody is interested. it's 54 miles. can do it in 2 or three days. (remember this is jersey barrens, elevation from 35' to 109' over apple pie mountain )
    Last edited by kayak karl; 04-19-2015 at 16:07.
    I'm so confused, I'm not sure if I lost my horse or found a rope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    the PDF prints out large 13x19.
    i plan on hiking the trail 5/1-3/15 if you or anybody is interested. it's 54 miles. can do it in 2 or three days. (remember this is jersey barrens, elevation from 35' to 109' over apple pie mountain )
    I regret to say I won't be able to do that right now...but it is on my todo list, right at the top!...one a deez day. Thanks again for posting those map updates, those are great.

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