Brendan T Byrne State Forest Deep Hollow Trail

New Lisbon, New Jersey

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Don’t drive too fast or you may miss the trailhead, located in the tiny town of Ongs Hat. A mere pinhead on the map, Ongs Hat consists of a few houses and a family restaurant. In the 1840s, however, it was widely known for its cranberry cultivation. The town was supposedly named for Jacob Ong, a robust Pennsylvania Quaker who loved to drink and dance. Ong ran a tavern in the 1700s and one night, when he might have had one drink too many, he tossed his hat high up onto the limb of an oak tree. Too high to retrieve, the hat became a conversation piece. Customers would yell to newcomers, “There’s Ong’s hat.” By 1828 this cry was officially adopted as the town’s name. Ongs Hat is the northern terminus of the Batona Trail, a 50-mile-long, pink-blazed path through the pinelands of southern New Jersey that was charted and built by the Batona Hiking Club of Philadelphia in 1961. The trail was designed to offer a true wilderness experience, despite the fact that it cuts across several roads and is accessible by car at a number of points. It passes through some of the most scenic areas of the Pine Barrens, a section of the state noted for its unusual plants, including several insect-eating species.

Brendan T. Byrne State Forest: Deep Hollow Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Don’t drive too fast or you may miss the trailhead, located in the tiny town of Ongs Hat. A mere pinhead on the map, Ongs Hat consists of a few houses and a family restaurant. In the 1840s, however, it was widely known for its cranberry cultivation. The town was supposedly named for Jacob Ong, a robust Pennsylvania Quaker who loved to drink and dance. Ong ran a tavern in the 1700s and one night, when he might have had one drink too many, he tossed his hat high up onto the limb of an oak tree. Too high to retrieve, the hat became a conversation piece. Customers would yell to newcomers, “There’s Ong’s hat.” By 1828 this cry was officially adopted as the town’s name. Ongs Hat is the northern terminus of the Batona Trail, a 50-mile-long, pink-blazed path through the pinelands of southern New Jersey that was charted and built by the Batona Hiking Club of Philadelphia in 1961.

The trail was designed to offer a true wilderness experience, despite the fact that it cuts across several roads and is accessible by car at a number of points. It passes through some of the most scenic areas of the Pine Barrens, a section of the state noted for its unusual plants, including several insect-eating species."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: New Lisbon
Distance: 6.3
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or overnight camping
Season: Dawn to dusk
Local Contacts: Brendan T Byrne State Forest

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Jun 2018