Bass River Naturalist Leads Hike to Apple Pie Hill

Mar 05, 2018

Join Bass River Forest’s volunteer Master Naturalist Kathy Gardiner for a free 8.5-mile hike to Apple Pie Hill in Wharton Forest on Wednesday, March 14. At 205 feet, Apple Pie Hill is the highest elevation within the Pine Barrens. If the forest fire service person is on duty that day, the hikers may get access to the top of the fire tower. On a clear day from the tower, the skylines of Atlantic City and Philadelphia are visible across a sea of green pines.

Also of interest is the Carranza Memorial, where the hike begins. In 1928, 22-year-old flying ace Emilio Carranza Rodriguez, nicknamed the “Lindburgh of Mexico” and a national hero, died in a plane crash in the pines while returning from a good-will trip to the U.S.

The memorial marks the lonely spot where his plane went down.

Hikers will also hike to Tea-time Hill and pass through the forgotten town of Springville, marked only by a cistern.

Although most plants are not flowering yet, naturalist Gardiner will have an eye out for rare, flowering broom crowberry, a shrub.

The hike is part of the Batona Trail and is marked with pink blazes. Most of the terrain is flat; there are some deep sandy patches and three small boardwalks over boggy areas.

Meet at the Carranza Memorial parking lot at 9 a.m. in Tabernacle Township on Carranza Road. Bring lunch and drink. Heavy rain cancels. Outhouses are available at the start of the trail.

For more information and directions, call Gardiner at 609-296-6574 or 609-405-0360, or call the Bass River Office at 609-296-1114. You can also find information at Registration is appreciated.

The next Bass River sponsored dog walk is March 24 at 9 a.m. Meet at the forest office on Stage Road for this 3- to 5-mile hike through the state forest. Register early for this hike as there is a limit of 15 dogs. People without dogs but who like walking with dogs are welcome, too! –P.J.


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