Apple Pie Hill Forestry Lookout Tower, New Jersey
N 39° 48.440 W 074° 35.362
18S E 535149 N 4406454
Quick Description: This look-out tower is located in Wharton State Forest and is accessible best with 4-wheel drive.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 12/3/2007 7:48:02 PM
Waymark Code: WM2PXJ
This is a very interesting location. I first discovered this tower during a CITO campaign but was too scared to climb it. I returned in the middle of an ice storm and of course I climbed it. The view is amazing and far.
Apple Pie Hill is one of the highest points in the Pine Barrens, at 209 feet above sea level. It can be reached by taking Route 532 West from Route 206 or by taking Route 532 East from Route 563. Located in Tabernacle Township, no one knows how Apple Pie Hill got its name, though there is speculation that it shape resemples an apple pie.
Today there stands a 60 foot fire tower which affords the visitor an one of the most incredible views of the Pines available. From there one can view of the west branch of the Wading River, with pine forests covering a level plain that stretches to the horizon in all directions. The only other features visible are a few cranberry bogs to the southeast, the tops of distant towers in Atlantic City to the east, and the tops of skyscrapers in Philadelphia to the west. (One can literally view the east-west extent of the State of New Jersey from here.) On a clear day it is possible to see several hilly escarpments far to the north.. It is a favorite spot of picnickers, and makes a great day hike from the Carranza Memorial along the pink-blazed Batona trail. Starting from the Carranza Memorial the hiker will encounter two hills, the first known as "Tea Time Hill", and the second, "Apple Pie Hill".
Height of Look-Out Tower in feet: 60.00
Parking Area: N 39° 48.442 W 074° 35.378
Opening times and fees: Not listed
Please log only if you have been up there and you must include a photo of the scenic view from the top.