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    NJ Pine Barrens Overnight - Thanksgiving Weekend (Nov 24-25)

    Thinking about heading out for a quick overnight next weekend. Figure a hike in the woods in the nice brisk November air will do wonders for working off all the food I'll have eaten a few days before.

    My current plan is to start at the Batsto station, and head towards the Lower Forge camp. Either on the Batona trail, or head up the Mullica River trail and cut over. I'll start Saturday late morning or early afternoon. It's only about 7.3 miles - but I'm out of shape, so I'm gonna take my time, and enjoy the scenery. I'll hang at Lower Forge, and head back out the next morning, likely on whichever of the two trails I didn't come in on.

    Any and all are welcome - I'm planning on going regardless. If you want to do more mileage, I'm sure there are other options that could or would land you at Lower Forge.

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    OK I will bite.. would a springer dog be OK?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl View Post
    OK I will bite.. would a springer dog be OK?
    according to the NJ State website for Wharton State Forest, Lower Forge is a pet friendly camp site. I think you just have to register them at the ranger station. Don't quote me on that, though. I don't have a dog, nor have I actually stayed at Lower Forge before.

    Kayak Karl would be a better person to ask about dogs and the Batona Trail campsites.

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    I'm aiming to join you unless the wife finds a way to thwart my plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    I'm aiming to join you unless the wife finds a way to thwart my plans.
    Mine already tried. I made sure to clear it with her first ... or so I thought. Then earlier I was talking about how it would be a chilly night in the woods ... she was like "You're going overnight? I thought you were just going hiking for the day!"

    But in the end my plan is un-thwarted.

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    I might join you as well...let me see my work schedule and take a look at the weather.
    "In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." -D'Signore's, Tide Mill Farm, Edmunds, Maine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadphans View Post
    I might join you as well...let me see my work schedule and take a look at the weather.
    I haven't found any weather forecasts for the Pine Barrens to be reliable. I've seen it rain all night when the forecast said zero percent chance of rain, and not a drop with 100% chance of rain.

    Would be great to meet you if you can make it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    I haven't found any weather forecasts for the Pine Barrens to be reliable. I've seen it rain all night when the forecast said zero percent chance of rain, and not a drop with 100% chance of rain.

    Would be great to meet you if you can make it!
    You had to mention the "R" word. Saw the weather forecast for Saturday, a chance of showers.

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    Hammonton, NJ 08037 says 0% thru Sunday
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    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    Hammonton, NJ 08037 says 0% thru Sunday
    And ya gotta love the predicted low for Saturday night of 27 degrees. That's prime sleeping weather!

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