Backpacking Adventures!


We highlight the backpacking possibilities of South Jersey.  They may be few, but that doesn’t make them any less adventurous!

At the bottom, adventures on the Appalachian Trail in North Jersey, Maryland, and New York!  Also, backpacking through national parks like Isle Royale in Lake Superior.  Also, my annual Appalachian Trail thru-hiker stalking blog following.

Hikes are broken down by trail.  We love suggestions and trip reports!  Comment or contact us at with suggestions and trip reports!


Batona Trail, New Jersey Pine Barrens
Bass River State Forest, Wharton State Forest, Franklin Parker Preserve, Brendan Byrne State Forest
South Jersey’s premier – also only – long distance backpacking trail

Batona Trail – Day 1 – Coal Road to Buttonwood Camp
Batona Trail – Day 2 – Buttonwood Camp to Lower Forge Camp
Batona Trail – Day 3 – Lower Forge Camp to Brendan Byrne Campground
Batona Trail – Day 4 – Brendan Byrne Campground to Ong’s Hat
Two Days to complete the Batona Trail = terrible idea!

Mullica River Trail, Wharton State Forest, New Jersey Pine Barrens


Mullica River Trail – Shamong to Washington Township, NJ – 9.5 miles – 2 days

Appalachian Trail Adventures

2,175 miles of sheer awesome
One weekend at a time

North Jersey – Sunfish Pond, Worthington State Forest, Delaware Water Gap, Knowlton Township, NJ


Sunfish Pond Weekend Backpacking Trip – Columbia, NJ – 13 miles or so
Sunfish Pond II: Meeting Dr. Dave (Aka, Rowdy)

High Point State Park to Wawayanda State Park, NJ

Day 1 – High Point Parking Area to High Point Shelter (with side trip to High Point Monument) – 2.7 miles total (1.7 trail miles on the AT)
Day 2 – High Point Shelter to Pochuck Shelter – 12.6 miles (12.4 trail miles on the AT)
Day 3 – Pochuck Shelter to Wawayanda State Park Office – 13 mikes (12.4 miles on the AT)

Hewitt State Forest, NJ and Sterling State Forest, New York


Appalachian Trail – Long House Dr, West Milford, NJ to Elk Pen Parking Lot, Harriman State Park, Harriman, NY – 2 days, 21 miles.

Appalachian Trail – All of Maryland – PA/MD Border to Harper’s Ferry, WV

Enjoy your views on the river.

All of Maryland – Day 1 – MD/PA Border at Pen-Mar County Park to Ensign Cowall Shelter – 9.6 trail miles.
All of Maryland – Day 2 – Ensign Cowall Shelter to Rocky Run Shelter – 15.5 trail miles
All of Maryland – Day 3 – Rocky Run Shelter to Ed Garvey Shelter – 9.1 trail miles
All of Maryland – Day 4 – Ed Garvey Shelter to ATC Headquarters, Harpers Ferry, WV – 7.0 trail miles

Coming at some point…
– Antietam Creek Shelter, PA to PenMar County Park, MD
– Northern half of Shenandoah
– Stratton Mountain Parking Area, Stratton, Vermont to Mount Greylock Summit, Adams, Massachusetts


National Park Backpacking Trips

Isle Royale National Park – Houghton, Michigan
(Backpacking America’s least visited national park in the middle of Lake Superior)


Day 1 – Isle Royale National Park – Houghton, Michigan 3.5 miles of backpacking (and 1 of hiking) – Rock Harbor Trail from Rock Harbor Lodge to 3 Mile Camp.
Day 2 – Isle Royale National Park – Houghton, Michigan – 4.4 miles of backpacking (and 3 of hiking) – Rock Harbor Trail and Tobin Harbor Trail from 3 Mile Camp to Rock Harbor Camp. Short hike on Stoll Trail.
Day 3 – Isle Royale National Park – Houghton, Michigan – 5 mile hike and riding home.

Coming soon…
– Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
– Olympic National Park, Washington


Annual Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Blog Following

Dr. Dave is awesome.

Dr. Dave is awesome.

2014 – March – the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – one man’s obsession with AT Thru-Hiking: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Backpacking
2015 – It’s March Again! – following AT Thru-Hiker Blogs for 2015
2016 – March = Thru Hiking – This year, we follow the adventure of a couple from Moorestown, NJ

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