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Hike the Batona Trail

Get the hiking shoes out for a hike along the Batona Trail with guide John Volpa.

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Ong’s Hat -April 22, 2017

Our eight-mile hike begins at Ong’s Hat, the origin of this unique name will provide the first of many Pine Barrens lore stories along the way. We’ll be looking for early spring bloomers such as pyxie, Cassandra, and “neverwet”.  Shadbush will signal a story of the American Revolutionary Army’s survival.  If the temperature rises to 55 degrees we’ll try to find some local “herps” (salamanders, frogs, etc.).  We’ll keep a moderate pace between frequent stops for stories and exploration of Pine Barrens flora and fauna in wetlands and uplands.  Dress in layers for the weather, bring: water, snacks, lunch.

Apple Pie Hill -June 24, 2017

View from Apple Pie Hill
View from Apple Pie Hill

Starting at Rt. 532 and ending at Carranza Memorial, this hike is approximately six miles.  The Batona Trail crosses Apple Pie Hill and Tea Time Hill (AKA: Mount Korbar) then traverses some beautiful wetlands which are part of the Batsto River headwaters.  We’ll enjoy the variety of Pine Barrens plants lining our path and plan to climb the fire tower (if open) for a view. This section of the Batona Trail lends itself to diverse conversation about ecology, geology, and history.

We’ll keep a moderate pace. This hike is expected to take about 6-7 hours. Dress in layers for the weather and bring water, snacks, and lunch.

Franklin Parker Preserve -November 5, 2017

This 7.5 mile section of the Batona Trail will lead us from Route 72 through the Franklin Parker Preserve’s newest trail section to Route 532.  Starting our trek through an Atlantic White Cedar swamp, we’ll experience uplands and wetlands.  On this leg of the Batona, we’ll be looking for Pine Barrens orchids such as Snake Mouth and Grass Pink, along the bogs.  Insectivorous Bladderworts will be blooming too!  Immerse yourself into an outdoor adventure as your host unfolds the Pine Barrens story.

We’ll keep a moderate pace. This hike is expected to take about 7-8 hours. Dress in layers for the weather and bring water, snacks, and lunch.

 

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