Originally Posted by mortonjl
Where exactly is this? I'm in Little Ferry and if I don't have to work the weekend I'd be interested.
Exit 52, New Gretna, on the Garden State Parkway, then follow the signs to Batsto Village. Don't bother with Mapquest or Google Maps or any of those online directions. They'll send you on a wild goose chase - just follow the signs.
At Batsto Village office (closes 4 pm) you can get a camping permit for Lower Forge ($3 for residents, $5 for out-of-staters, I think). They also have maps of the Batona Trail and Mullica River Wilderness Trail, either of which are suitable for getting to Lower Forge.
I prefer taking the Mullica River Wilderness trail 'cause there's less ticks (not a problem this time of year), and I don't get lost on that trail as much because it doesn't switch back on itself and is better marked. The Mullica trail is much less overgrown than that section of the Batona (hence less ticks). There's also a water pump at Mullica River Wilderness campsite (4 miles in) so you can fill up on water if you don't want to filter.