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Posted August 25th, 2012 by Jane Daniels
1895 "Golden Granite" discovered
1925-1941 Grenci & Ellis operated the quarry
1950s buildings still standing
1950s Mogul Park ran a day camp for residents
1952 gasline went through - expanded in 1956
1981 Town of Yorktown purchased as parkland - trails established by the Yorktown Land Trust
1989 Town acquired Goldschmidt property but not declared parkland until 2009
2010 Trails in new section of park built by Yorktown Community Trails Program of NYNJTC
2015 The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in NYC contacted the Parks Department to see if they could purchase more stone to finish the Cathedral. The answer was no because it is parkland and thus protected.
- Postcard above from courtesy of Dolores Pedi
- Sign in Yorktown Museum
- Tax map of area from 1930
- North County News, March 4-10, 1981 - Charles Morrill (© NCN 1981)
- Photo of quarrymen (courtesy of James Forbes)
- Grenci & Ellis advertising brochure (from Yorktown Museum)
- Interview with James Forbes (Jane Daniels)
- Images of Yorktown, Linda Cooper and Alice Roker 2003
- Postcard History Series Yorktown, Linda Cooper, Adele Hobby, John Tegder, Susan Hack-Lane, 2008
Other historic features in the park
- Lime Kiln and shell middens (on gasline west of Turtle Pond Trail (white) crossing)
- Quarry Oak (approximately 400-500 year old white oak - 220 inch circumference, 104 feet height, 102 feet spread) Big Tree rating 349.5.
- Riding ring which is the Ring Trail
|Park Overview:|| |
A 50 mile trail that connects three state forests in the heart of the Pinelands.
|Trail Miles:||49.5 miles|
|Web Map:||Batona Trail Brochure|
|Park Description:|| |
Extending 49.5 miles through the heart of the Pinelands, the Batona Trail [pink] is the longest blazed hiking trail in southern New Jersey.
|Trails Overview:|| |
To pierce the genuine wilderness of the area, the Batona Trail avoids the sand roads as much as possible. Still, about 20% of the treadway is soft sand, which makes for slower-than-expected progress in parts of this mostly level trail. Good starting points for the trips on the trail are the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest headquarters and the Batsto Visitor Center. Trail maps and information may be obtained there, as well as at the Atsion Ranger Station and the Bass River Forest Office. A permit is required to camp along the trail in state forests.
For more information about the trail, contact Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village, 4110 Nesco Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037 [phone number below].
The southern terminus of the Batona Trail is near the junction of French Coal Road and Stage Road, near Lake Absegami, in the Bass River State Forest. Its northern terminus is at Ong’s Hat on Magnolia Road in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest [1.5 miles northwest of Four Mile Circle]. Click on the map tab at the top of this page for directions to these points.
|Contact Information:||NJ DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry |