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Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower Professional Review and Guide
"There are no natural vistas from which to overlook the vast pine and oak wildlands overlaying the Cohansey formation aquifer. But 205-foot-high Apple Pie Hill with its firetower offers a stunning man-made view of this, the most extensive primitive tract remaining along the mid-Atlantic seaboard. This 8.0-mile-out-and-back hike along the Batona Trail is one of the longest walks featured in this book, but, with an altitude gain of just a few hundred feet, is not overly challenging. Highlights include a cedar swamp, upland pine and oak forest, and the extraordinary view from Apple Pie Hill."
--Glenn Scherer, Nature Walks in New Jersey (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
This was the first trail that my wife and I walked. It was a really nice walk, it was pretty easy but takes some time. Be sure to bring some water. The tower was a great view but there was a lot of trash around it and it was disappointing that people could drive into it. Don't get me wrong, walking in you are isolated and completely away from the road after the first mile or so. All in all it was very pleasant. Not a difficult hike except for the length.
Nice, fairly easy trail. Very well marked. Great view from Fire Tower, but a lot of trash and broken glass in this area.
The Batona Trail is well marked and very user friendly. It's not a difficult hike at all, but it is 8 miles. The tower is fabulous on a clear day to see from Philly to Atlantic City! Enjoy it!
there are lots of interesting swampy things to see on this trail, and it is worth bringing a guide book for insects, trees, moss, etc. COVER YOUR LEGS AND HEAD so as to avoid ticks. they wiggled through my socks and feasted on my ankles. lovely pine trees, a fairly even path, and few other hikers made it a relaxing day out, and the view from the fire tower is KILLER! you can see philly and atlantic city, with a lot of green in between. this must be why they call it the garden state. :)
I found that this trail was not as difficult as the preview suggest as "challenging". The terrain did not really change throughout the trek and overall I was dissappointed. I was looking forward to a more challenging hike and a little diversity. The assorted beer cans and bottles running the length of this trail didn't help either. It was a welcomed break from my day-to-day stress, but I will be looking for more challenging heights.
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