Furnace

Batona Trail

Complete: 
Yes


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Along the Batona Trail in Wharton State Forest - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff
NYNJTC maintained: 
0

A 50 mile trail that connects three state forests in the heart of the Pinelands.

Hiking
50 miles
Lat/Lon: 
39.644613, -74.646765
Hammonton
Atlantic
NJ
RegionURL: 
Cluster/Park: 
Park

Extending 49.5 miles through the heart of the Pinelands, the Batona Trail [pink] is the longest blazed hiking trail in southern New Jersey. It starts from Bass River State Forest and goes through Wharton State Forest and Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. The trail was established in 1961 by the Batona [Back to Nature] Hiking Club of Philadelphia, and it is still maintained by that group.

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].

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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.

Pinelands
Fees: 
None
Modified By: 
Phil McLewin
Park ID: 
257
eBase: 
Missing
Region - Maintenance: 

Sparta Glen Park

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes


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View of Lake Mohawk in Sparta Glen Park - Photo credit: Jeremy Apgar
NYNJTC maintained: 
0

Located in a unique ravine with great natural beauty and historical interest. A short moderately steep climb leads to an excellent view of Lake Mohawk.

Hiking
Dogs on leash
1 miles
120 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.040581, -74.624021
Sparta Township
Sussex
NJ
Cluster/Park: 
Park

Follow the rules and keep dogs on leash in this park. Coyotees have been sighted in the area. The park is closed during the winter.

There are multiple picnic areas located near the parking lots. You may discover traces of Revoutionary War era forges and dams.

A couple of trail options are available for reaching the outstanding viewpoint overlooking Lake Mohawk.

  1. From the second parking area (first parking lot on the right after going through gated entrance), a blue trail begins opposite the parking lot and soon meets up with a green trail that can be taken up the mountain to the overlook.
  2. From the third parking area (at the end of the paved road), an unmarked trail begins in the right corner of the parking area and climbs, sometimes steeply (and involving some moderate climbing), to the overlook.

From Exit 34B on US RT-80W merge onto NJ-15 N. Take the exit toward Sparta/Lake Mohawk Business District. Turn right at Blue Heron Rd. Continue straight onto NJ-181 N/Woodport Rd.Turn  right at E Mountain Rd. Turn left at Co Rd 620/Glen Rd. Turn right into park.

New York City
Fees: 
None
Landowner: 
Municipality
Manager: 
Sparta Township
Park ID: 
427

Taconic State Park

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes


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View from the South Taconic Trail on Alander Mountain - Photo credit: Michael Schenker
NYNJTC maintained: 
1

The trail system of the Southern Taconics features two parallel trails running north-south:  the 21.4-mile South Taconic Trail following the western range and escarpment, and a 16.5-mile section of the Appalachian Trail on the eastern range.  

Hiking
Mountain biking
X-C skiing
Dogs on leash
50 miles
7000 acres
Lat/Lon: 
42.121129, -73.519501
Copake Falls
Columbia
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park

East of the Harlem Valley of New York and west of the Housatonic Valley of Connecticut and Massachusetts rise the Taconics.  They extend north through western Massachusetts and eastern New York into southwestern Vermont, where they reach their highest elevations.  The name "Taconic" is a modern rendering of a Native American name variously spelled Taghkannock and Taghkanic.

The trail system of the Southern Taconics features two parallel trails running north-south:  the 21.4-mile South Taconic Trail following the western range and escarpment, and a 16.5-mile section of the Appalachian Trail on the eastern range.  Other hiking routes consist mostly of side trails ascending to the highland from the valleys on either side.  This system provides for circuit hikes, some of which include stretches of unpaved road.

  • The highly scenic South Taconic Trail lies mostly in Taconic State Park and Mount Washington State Forest along the western escarpment and range of the southern Taconics.  The trail may be divided into two sections that together span 21.4 miles.
    • South Taconic Trail, Southern Section [15.2 miles; white] goes from Rudd Pond Farms to NY 344, and includes steep, very rough sections. 
      • From the lower lot parking area on Route 344, it is worth hiking the Iron Works Trail [0.4 mile, green] to the Iron Works Museum and observe a beautifully restored furnace with related historical information and photographs.  
    • South Taconic Trail, Northern Section [6.2 miles; white] goes from NY 344 to NY 23.
  • The route of the Appalachian Trail through the southern Taconics lies entirely within Connecticut and Massachusetts.  For a description see Appalachian Trail Guide to Massachusetts-Connecticut.  The NY/NJ Trail Conference map South Taconic Trails shows this section of the AT and its feeder trails from Lions Head in Connecticut to Battlesite Monument in Massachusetts. 
  • A 4.0-mile segment of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail extends south from the Copake Falls area and a 1.2-mile segment extends north.

Click to find detailed descriptions of hikes in the park.

To reach Taconic State Park, take Taconic Parkway, exit at Claverack-Hillsdale Exit. Take Route 23 east for 8 miles into Hillsdale. Turn right onto Route 22 south and go 4 miles to Copake Falls. Turn left onto Route 344 east. Park entrance will be ½ mile on the left.

Southern Taconics
Fees: 
Some times and places; check with park
Modified By: 
josh; Phil McLewin
Last Update: 
09/14/2010
Landowner: 
NYS OPRHP
Park ID: 
203

Furnace Loop/Indian Hill Loop Trails from Hall Road

Mombasha Creek cascades and stone ruins - Photo by Daniel Chazin
NYNJTC maintained: 
1
Summary: 

This hike passes the historic Southfields Furnace and climbs to the Indian Hill Loop Trail, which offers several viewpoints of the surrounding countryside and crosses numerous old stone walls.

3 hours
Moderate
4 miles
Route type: 
Circuit
Allowed on leash
Historic feature
Views
Historic: 
Sterling Forest State Park
Sterling Forest
NY
Orange
100 Sterling Forest

Sterling Forest State Park Information Center Trail Map (available at visitor center)

04/22/2013
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 
41.25291145066675,-74.18313950300217
Driving: 

Take N.Y. Route 17 North through Sloatsburg and Tuxedo, and continue on Route 17 past the intersection with NY 17A into Southfields. About 1.3 miles beyond the intersection with NY 17A, turn left onto Orange Turnpike (County Route 19). In 0.6 mile, turn left onto Hall Drive and park in a parking area on the left side of the road at a curve.

From the parking area, proceed ahead (north) on Hall Drive,heading uphill and following the white blazes of the Wildcat Mombasha Creek footbridge. Photo by Daniel Chazin.Mountain Trail (the blazing along Hall Drive is very sparse).

Reference/Source: 
Bergen Record Hike of the Week
HOTW Date: 
Thu, 04/25/2013
HOTW Count: 
1

The Quarries in Sylvan Glen Park Preserve

State: 
NY
Date: 
08/25/2012
Region: 
Westchester County
Description: 

Postcard of quarry

Timeline

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.

Reference Materials

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