Step Into Nature!
9-mile hike on the new Batona Trail
Franklin Parker Preserve Hike
Saturday, May 5
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Join New Jersey Conservation Foundation for the grand opening of the first major re-route of the Batona trail in decades!
Since its creation in 1960, the 50-mile pedestrian Batona Trail was envisioned as the Pine Barrens' long distance wilderness trail. However, the section between Brendan Byrne and Wharton State Forests was located on roads and in residential neighborhoods and never lived up to that expectation.
Now New Jersey Conservation Foundation's 9,400-acre Franklin Parker Preserve links those two forests. A new route though the preserve will be a scenic wilderness experience for hikers. The day's hike begins with a ribbon cutting and ends nine miles later at a celebration atop Apple Pie Hill.
Registration is limited! Advance reservations and payment are required. Directions will be given upon receipt of a signed waiver and the $5 per person fee. Contact Carol Banhart at email@example.com or 908-234-1225 to reserve your spot!
Pack a lunch, plenty of water, and be sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes. It's important to be protected from ticks, so consider your clothing and bring bug/tick spray. For additional information, visit the Franklin Parker Preserve webpage.