Last-minute hike Batsto to Lower Forge in the Pine Barrens. Started a thread on a 6/15 Mullica River Wilderness Campsite but I can't make that date due to coaching a Little League Baseball game that evening.
So, now we're going to depart 3pm Sun 6/16 to hike from Batsto Village to Mullica River Wilderness Campsite, then take the crossover trail to Quaker Bridge and camp at Lower Forge. Maybe even take a detour to Beaver Pond if the flesh is willing.
Plenty of campsites available if anyone wants to join; apparently nobody camps in the Pine Barrens on a Sunday night. Here's campsite info about Wharton State Forest:
Campsites can be reserved here:
Batona trail map here - from Batsto it's yellow to blue to pink trail to Lower Forge.
This is my favorite hike in the Pine Barrens. It's about 7.5 miles one way, and you get to see historic Batsto Village, then hike along Batsto Lake and Mullica River, then camp at Lower Forge by the Batsto River. There are 75% less ticks hiking this way to Lower Forge, rather than taking the Batona Trail the whole way. I'm all about the ticks.
The daughter wants to chow on a dinner of filet mignon fajitas, and bacon and eggs for breakfast, so this is not an ultralight trip. It's gonna be fun.