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Batona Trail

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52.1 Miles 83.9 Kilometers

1,027' 313 m


-943' -288 m



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191' 58 m


13' 4 m


Shared By James S.


All Clear 2 days ago
Mostly Dry, Some Mud - As usual, there's a bit of muddiness/boggyness in the first mile+ after BB, northbound, but the planks there are helpful. History

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Explore a beautiful Pine Barrens trail through various state forests with a variety of scenery.

James S.

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Motor vehicles, bicycles, and horses are not permitted. This can be closed during controlled burns.

Need to Know

Camping is restricted to designated sites. Dispersed camping is not allowed.


This trail follows a bright pink trail blaze. It is easy to spot throughout your hike. At some points you'll have to pass roadways, but it is not difficult to stay on trail. During the hike, you'll see many interesting areas, including the Carranza Memorial, which memorializes a Mexican pilot. You'll also reach Apple Pie Hill. Here you can climb the Apple Pie Hill Forestry Lookout Tower to about 205 ft above sea level. From up here, you can have an amazing view of Atlantic City to the east and Philadelphia to the west.

There are picnic areas, campsites, parking areas, restrooms, water sources, and dedicated swimming areas throughout the path.

The trail is a lot of fun and is not too far from the main road of Route 206 and Route 70. If you are a beginner hiker and looking for a fun trail, this is definitely a good choice!

Flora & Fauna

Deer and other small animals may be seen on trail. Birds are also very common along the trail. Wild flora such as wild blueberries, pitcher plants, and pine trees are common to see.


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Jan 6, 2019
Elizabeth Susan
Batona Trail with full packs 6.5mi
Nov 3, 2018
Regina Daniels
Sep 16, 2018
Monica W
from tower to route 72 5.8mi
Jun 8, 2018
Sunny Reed
Feb 3, 2018
Jeremy Deviney
Aug 27, 2015
Dan Fitzgerald
First solo backpacking hike ever. 21 miles in one day! Tons of deer, heard coyotes, lizards snakes. Put way to much wait in my bag... 52.1mi
Apr 13, 2015
Natalia Navarra
Nov 9, 2013
Craig Ricks
From Friendship Speedwell Rd, out and back to Apple Pie Hill Lookout Tower 8mi

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 7 votes


  4.3 from 7 votes
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Wow, didn't know this, Alfred. Climbed it in 2016, but the hatch was locked, of course. Still was a great view for South Jersey. What a shame... Feb 1, 2018
Other than the fire tower being closed off most of the time, this is a great trail that is barely used. I love the isolation this trail can provide! Apr 6, 2018
Michael McCormick
Barrington, NJ
Michael McCormick   Barrington, NJ
My favorite backpacking trail. With it's miles and miles of pine trees and total lack of stunning mountain views, it's not for everyone, but you'll have long stretches of it to yourself. Just a heads up that the GPS track currently available for download is out of date. There was a 7 mile reroute about 5 years ago north of Apple Pie Hill that adds about 2 miles to the trail (well worth the two extra miles, it's the prettiest section of the whole thing) and of 1 mile in Bass River State Forest. Mar 2, 2019

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