Walk with Your Dog at Bass River State Park

PINING: Your dog will thank you for a romp in the Pinelands at Bass River State Forest. (Photo by Pat Johnson)

Volunteer Master Naturalist Kathy Gardiner invites you to bring your pooch on a free 3- to 5-mile hike in Bass River State Forest on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m.

Meet Gardiner at the Forest Office parking lot. Bring water for you and your dog. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. There is a limit of 15 dogs, but if you are without a dog, you are welcome to join the group.

Register by contacting the Bass River State Forest Office at 609-296-1114 or Gardiner at 609-296-6574. You can also find information on the website njparksandforests.org. Heavy rain cancels.

Mark your calendars for a 7-mile, moderately paced hike on a section of the BATONA Trail on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Join Gardiner at 9 a.m. This season of Wednesday Walks in the Woods will be on this 52-mile-long trail, hiking it in sections. The trail goes through three state forests: Brendan T. Byrne, Wharton and Bass River.

The Feb. 19 trek will be from Quaker Bridge to Batsto. This is the fifth leg of the trail and requires a shuttle, provided by Gardiner. Meet at Atsion Recreation Area, located on Route 206 8 miles north of Hammonton, at 9 a.m. Bring lunch and a beverage. Heavy rain cancels. The hike is free, but donations are welcomed.

Register by calling Gardiner at 609-296-6574 or 609-405-0360. Information is available by calling the Bass River office at 609-296-1114 or on the website.

—P.J.

Reposted from The Sandpaper, Feb. 4, 2020