The Devil Went Down to Jersey

Tuckerton, New Jersey

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Located in the heart of one of the most urbanized areas of the United States, the Pine Barrens is a 1.1-million-acre area of Atlantic coast that remains almost entirely undeveloped. Though many settlements rose and fell during this region’s long history, few stand now as anything other than desolate ghost towns. For hikers, the backbone of this area is the BAck TO NAture Trail (or BATONA), which traces a 50-mile path through this wild country. Though it is unlikely that you’ll catch a glimpse of the fabled Jersey Devil, you’re almost certain to cross paths with a number of unusual reptiles, amphibians, orchids, and carnivorous plants.
AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic

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AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic

by Michael R. Martin (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Located in the heart of one of the most urbanized areas of the
United States, the Pine Barrens is a 1.1-million-acre area of Atlantic coast that remains almost entirely undeveloped. Though many settlements rose and fell during this region’s long history, few stand now as anything other than desolate ghost towns.

For hikers, the backbone of this area is the BAck TO NAture Trail (or BATONA), which traces a 50-mile path through this wild country. Though it is unlikely that you’ll catch a glimpse of the fabled Jersey Devil, you’re almost certain to cross paths with a number of unusual reptiles, amphibians, orchids, and carnivorous plants.

© 2014 Michael R. Martin/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Tuckerton
Distance: 21.3 miles one-way
Elevation Gain: 520 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: 2-3 days
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: State of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection at state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests. You may also contact the Bass River State Forest at 609-296-1114
Local Maps: USGS Quads: Oswego Lake, New Gretna, Jenkins, and Green Bank
Topo Map: The Devil Went Down to Jersey Topographic Map
Guide Book: AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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