Batsto Lake Road

Pinelands National Reserve, New Jersey

Distance2.1mi
Elevation Gain33ft
Trailhead Elevation12ft
Top19ft
Elevation Min/Max10/19ft
Elevation Start/End12/12ft

Batsto Lake Road

Batsto Lake Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Washington Township, New Jersey. It is within Pinelands National Reserve. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 12 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 33 feet. This trail connects with the following: Middle Road and Tom's Pond (Orange) Trail.

Batsto Lake Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"The first thing you may notice is the color of the water, a deep tea-color typical of the Pine Barrens. Natural tannins and acids leached from cedar trees, coupled with the naturally high iron content of surrounding soils, stain the water this deep reddish-brown. It may also leave a slight stain at the waterline on your boat, which is easily washed off. Lake depths generally average three to six feet, with slightly deeper waters where the river channel cuts through. Red maple, swamp magnolia, sweet gum, and white cedar dominate in moist, low-lying areas.

Swamp magnolias grace the landscape with large white blossoms that scent the air lightly from May through early July. The long, slender racemes of white flowers on sweet pepperbush release a refreshing fragrance detectable from 50 feet away. In fall, crimson leaves of red maple join the vivid yellow, orange, and red-rust of sweet gums to provide a delightful contrast to the deep green cedar and pine. Mountain and sheep laurel, huckleberry, wild blueberry, sweet pepperbush, and chokeberry fill the understory."

"Wharton State Forest lies in the heart of the Pine Barrens. Its 114,000 acres encompass typical pineland habitat, long stretches of trails, three rivers, many streams, two Natural Areas, and all the hiking you and your dog could want among the pines.

This hike, although relatively minute, takes you along a river, through oak–pine woods, over a great dam by a beautiful lake, and through a historic village. There is a lot for Fido to see in this popular end of the forest. Batsto began life in 1766 as both a bog iron and window glass company town, changing to agriculture and forest products in the late 1800s."

"Beautiful Batsto Village, located in Wharton State Forest, is the site of a former bogiron and glass-making community. The area around Batsto is surrounded by a number of preserved forests.

The flat land and empty roads make this a great place to ride. This cruise takes you from Batsto to Oyster Creek and back. Along the way you will see forests, rivers, and coastland."

"Beautiful Batsto Village, located in Wharton State Forest, is the site of a former bog-iron and glass-making community. The area around Batsto is surrounded by a number of preserved forests and some nice rivers.

The flat land and empty roads make this a great place to ride. This cruise takes you around the area and shows you some of the nicer forests, rivers, and roads around."

Batsto Lake Road Reviews

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11/28/2008
Trail is in good shape overall and blazes well marked. Trail maps at info center are virtually useless but sign posts along trail are fine if you stick with the well worn loops. Great for biking, trail running, or just a nice walk with the kids or dogs.
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Trail Information

Pinelands National Reserve
Nearby City
Pinelands National Reserve
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Wharton State Forest
Local Contacts
DeLorme: New Jersey Atlas and Gazetteer: Pages 64 E8 and 65 K15. New Jersey Bike Maps: Egg Harbor City, Greenbank, New Gretna, Oceanville, Pleasantville; www.njbikemap.com.
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