The New Jersey "Pinelands" comprise some 1.1 million acres, making it the largest tract of forested space between Boston and Richmond, Va. They were designated an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1979. Today, the land is home to nearly 100 threatened or endangered species, a vast system of tea-colored rivers, and the Batona Trail, a 50-mile gem that runs through three state parks.

The Batona is a wonderful way to experience the biodiversity of the Pinelands. The trail traverses cedar swamps, streams and ponds, cranberry bogs, and blueberry fields, which in summer should be ripe for the picking, provided the birds don't get there first. Walking along the path's rows of squat pines marked with a pink blaze, you'll spot white-tail deer, beavers, opossums, muskrats, and, if you're very lucky, the endangered Pine Barrens tree frog. The Jersey Devil, a legendary beast that supposedly haunts the land, may or may not exist in the Pinelands, but three types of carnivorous plants certainly do.

This 50-mile trail connects Wharton, Brendon T. Byrne, and Bass River State forests.

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Active and Adventure Review of Batona Trail

Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
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Editor Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking,Trekking and Backpacking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Although it passes through wilderness areas, this is an accessible, relatively easy hike that can be completed over several pain-free days. Overnight camping is permitted only in designated campsites.
  • You can cross-country ski sections of the trail when conditions permit.
  • For useful trail information and advice, visit the Batona Hiking Club's website (hosted at:

This 50-mile trail connects Wharton, Brendon T. Byrne, and Bass River State forests.
New Jersey

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