jpamusher`s travel pix - 1214 - NJ Pine Barrens Apr 6-7 2013

This was a short overnite trip in the NJ Pine Barrens. Wesley and I explored several miles of an abandoned railroad line,using it as a hiking trail to link up 2 other trails. Pleasant early spring weather.

NJ Pine Barrens Apr 6-7 2013

Small beach on Batsto River
Small beach on Batsto River
A few miles into our hike along the Batona trail from Batsto Village
Isolated pinelands beach
Isolated pinelands beach
We hiked the batona trail several miles to where it crossed the abandoned CNJ(Central New Jersey)tracks. Then we used the old CNJ railroad as a hiking trail to access remote areas of the pinelands. This was an isolated beach beside the tracks. The tracks were too overgrown to hike in most places but fortunately we always found a dirt road or path paralleling the tracks.
Path beside the CNJ tracks
Path beside the CNJ tracks
We were hiking the tracks from the Batona trail crossing to the small village of Atsion. It was a distance of about 5 miles.
CNJ trestle over Batsto river
CNJ trestle over Batsto river
We crossed 4 such trestles on the hike,3 were in good shape but the last was rather "tricky" as there were gaps between the ties.
CNJ trestle over Batsto river
CNJ trestle over Batsto river

3rd trestle
3rd trestle
Trestles 2 and 3 crossed smaller streams and the 4th crossed the Mullica river.
My pack by the CNJ tracks
My pack by the CNJ tracks
This was about 2 miles before our goal of Atsion
CNJ tracks a few miles before Atsion
CNJ tracks a few miles before Atsion
I think it`s been over 40 yrs since the line was in use and large trees have grown up all along the route.
Swamp beside the CNJ tracks
Swamp beside the CNJ tracks
It was a wonderful secluded hiking route. Wes and I were the only ones hiking it.
Evening on the Mullica jeep road
Evening on the Mullica jeep road
We arrived in Atsion where the CNJ tracks crossed a sand jeep road. We then began hiking down the jeep road as evening drew on hunting for a campsite.
Early morning at the Beaver pond
Early morning at the Beaver pond
we camped on a bank overlooking a large area of the Mullica river known as the beaver pond. Exiting the tent the next morning,we observed a nice sunrise.
Beaver pond campsite
Beaver pond campsite
Wes relaxes while I went down the bank for water.
Morning reflection in the Beaver pond
Morning reflection in the Beaver pond

Breaking camp at the Beaver pond
Breaking camp at the Beaver pond

Morning at the Beaver pond
Morning at the Beaver pond

Underwater view up thru bubbles
Underwater view up thru bubbles
underwater shot on the Mullica river. I positioned my camera under some bubbles for this shot. Trees can be seen above the surface of the water.
Panorma of the beaver pond
Panorma of the beaver pond
I used my photo program to stitch together some photos here thus giving a wider view. A small beaver dam is at left,perhaps how the pond got its name. The bubbles at left were used to take the underwater "bubble view".
Pond along the Mullica jeep road
Pond along the Mullica jeep road
hiking back along the jeep road on Sun morning. This road crosses many deep puddles and has deep sandy spots. Suitable for hikers or high clearance 4WD vehicles only.

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