In the Pine Barons of South Jersey, deep in Wharton State Forest, there is a great expanse of pinelands that stretches as far as the eye can see. On a recent hike on part of the Batona Trail, we reached the Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower. NJDEP. The fire tower is 60 feet tall and sits upon a hill that makes the height of about 200 feet above sea level.
You can see Atlantic City, NJ and the casinos are visible in the distance on a clear day. And to my surprise, in the other direction, you can make out the Philadelphia skyline. Quite a distance.
The tower used to serve as a look-out for forest fires but now serves as a destination for hikers, nature lovers and, unfortunately, young people who want to party and who don’t respect what they found in the woods.
If your in the area, it is worth the trip.