Kayak Karl previously mentioned a pre-hike out of Batsto Village on Thursday 1/26 to Lower Forge (7.5 miles), then hiking into Batona Camp Friday 1/27 (6.5 miles). Anybody up for it?
I wasn't too sure I was up for it when he mentioned it, so I've made several hikes along the route in the last couple of months to familiarize myself. The first time I got terribly lost and just camped somewhere out there in the Pine Barrens. Then again, I'm blind in one eye, can't see out of the other, and I chose to hike at night (go figure).
Still, the trail is flat and easy and it's downright purty with all them pine trees and rivers and swamps.