The Trail Less Traveled
The human spirit needs places where Nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man so today I feel the need to get out, I seem to be suffering from cabin fever.
The Batona Trail is a 53.5-mile (86.1 km) hiking trail through New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. The trail is the one of the longest in the state behind the Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail, the section of the Appalachian Trail within the state, the Liberty-Water Gap Trail, and the completed section of the Highlands Trail in the state. The trail begins in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest (formerly Lebanon State Forest) at the ghost town of Ong’s Hat and traverses Franklin Parker Preserve, Wharton State Forest and Bass River State Forest. The trail was built in 1961 by the Batona Hiking Club, which began informally in 1928 when Philadelphians began meeting regularly to hike. It takes about three days to hike the whole trail.