St Patrick's Hike - Apple Pie Hill

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Wharton State Forest

Wharton State Forest Road

Hammonton, NJ

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Hike the Batona Trail from the Carranza Memorial to Apple Pie Hill and climb the fire tower for a panoramic view.

Climb 60’ up the tower for a panoramic view from the highest point in the Pine Barrens (a whopping 209 feet above sea level!) and one of the most unique vistas in the state.

Hike Info:

–Trail Map 1 (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/maps/WhartonAreaMapFinal_reduced.pdf)
–Trail Map 2 (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/maps/WhartonTrailMapFinalDraft.pdf)
–Trail Map 3 (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/docs/batona14web.pdf)
–Trail Map (Old) (http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-maps/wharton-state-forest/batona-trail.pdf)
–Park info (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html)

–Google Map (http://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=100669985122335639090.0004704433d4cb376457f&ll=39.777136,-74.63275&spn=0.001896,0.002347&z=19)

–Download GPX (http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-maps/wharton-state-forest/Apple-Pie-Hill-GPX.zip)

Update 2/2016 – minor link updates and edits.

8.4 miles. Trail surface is sand/pine, mostly easy except for a little deep sand in spots, negligible elevation; moderate length. Trail is dry with 3 small boardwalk crossings over minor wet areas.

Map: Print a map ahead or use a map diagram from a book. A little later into the hike is an overview map sign at the Batona Camp, but there were no paper maps in the parking lot when we hiked this.

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Books: This hike can be found in 50 Hikes in New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1581571895/?tag=njhiking-20), Hiking New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0762711191/?tag=njhiking-20), and Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1934028339/?tag=njhiking-20). Our two cents: The main focus of this hike is the view from the fire tower. It’s quite stable and not nearly as rickety as some we’ve climbed, but anyone with a fear of heights may not enjoy the metal-grid see-through steps and the general feeling of openness. The view is quite distinctive and worth giving it a shot.

There is not much of a view from the “hill” itself without going up the tower at least a bit. Once up top, the view is of an endless sea of pine trees – very unlike most views in Jersey. On clear days, the Atlantic City and Philly skylines may be visible.

Ticks can be bad in the pine barrens, and there is a decent amount sun exposure on this route. Bonus in August: Wild blueberry bushes are along most of the trail.

Parking: N39 46.615 W74 37.964 (https://www.google.com/maps?q=N39+46.615+W74+37.964&hl=en&sll=40.962517,-74.458&sspn=0.014988,0.021265&t=h&z=17)
Turnpike to Exit 7 for Rt 206 South; about a mile south of the Red Lion Circle (206 and 70 meet) turn left on Carranza Road (there’s a sign). Go straight at the stop sign in Tabernacle (cross rt 532).

Continue on Carranza Rd for about 7 miles, parking and the Carranza Memorial is on the right; there are two entrances but there are easy to miss and there is no signage really, until you are driving past it and see the sign for the memorial. The stone monument is pretty easy to spot from the road, however.

Restrooms: Composting toilet in the lot; it’s set back a ways and you may not see it at first. There are also outhouses at the Batona Camp, a short ways into the hike.

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