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Wharton State Forest, Batsto

Categories: Forests, Nature & Parks
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Wharton State Forest is the largest state forest in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is the largest single tract of land in the state park system of New Jersey, encompassing approximately 115000acre of the Pinelands northeast of Hammonton. Its protected acreage is divided between Burlington, Camden, and Atlantic counties. The entire forest is located within Atlantic coastal pine barrens ecoregion as well as the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve. The forest is located in the forested watershed of the Mullica River, which drains the central Pinelands region into the Great Bay. The forest is under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.The forest is also the location of the historic Batsto Village, a former bog iron and glass manufacturing site from 1766 to 1867. The forest includes extensive hiking trails, including a section of the Batona Trail, which connects the forest to nearby Brendan T. Byrne State Forest and Bass River State Forest. It also includes over 500 miles (800 km) of unpaved roads. The rivers, including the Mullica, are popular destinations for recreational canoeing.
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  • The pine barrens of wharton state forest are rich with history and wildlife. Of course it doesnt have the mountain overlooks or easy to find monuments but thats what makes wharton awesome. It takes a ...  read more »
  • I haven't been here in years but it's great, STILL! I'm at the Atsion Cabins built in 1920- it's so blasted hot I can't handle it and no fans, so we camped on the screened in front porch. Nonetheless ...  read more »
  • Yes, this is the Pine Barrens so the scenery is not that varied but there is a lot of history to see and the many hiking trails range from 1/2 mile to 9 1/2 miles for the more adventurous. 
  • I went here to hike the Apple Pie Hill trail out to the fire tower. It's a pretty easy hike. One or two slight hills. But nothing major. The trails get a little narrow at times so be on the lookout for ticks on your clothes. There were volunteers the day I visited cutting back some of the brush. I was there on a Saturday and needless to say there was a crowd at the fire tower waiting their turn to climb up. There are some nice views up there. Squint on a clear day to see Atlantic City. The trail itself was well marked. A really good hike. If you're only interested in the fire tower you can drive out to it without doing the hike. But I'd recommend you take the hike. It's well worth it.
  • A must if you Love nature. Everything you'd expect from camping, hiking, canoe & kayaking, fishing, boating & historic Batsto Village. Fun for the day or longer, with family, friends or just yourself. Some facilities are closed after seasons end, but camping's all year.
  • I stayed at the Atsion Family campgrounds. Be aware that campground soil is mostly sand and floods easily. The bathrooms for this campground are not the best-maintained. They are useable, but expect broken shower fixtures (one at the time of writing doesn't work at all, and the others require you to keep a hand on the button to get any water, which makes any kind of rinsing a pain) , clogged drains, and no screen door to keep out mosquitos. Keep in mind, this was written in July 2016.
  • Cops everywhere! Can't move around, everything is restricted! Register on line then register at the office 45 min away... how many copies of same information you God damn need! Worst camping expirance I've ever had, this includes some third world countries.
  • One of my favorite places to take my canoe especially when I can come during the week or in the fall when you get a nice chill in the air. I also have a lot of really good memories of my wife and my time spent here exploring some of the long lost towns such as Speedwell and others I forget the names of. Of course there is also the nicely preserved town of Batsto with its history and buildings that show how a lot of people lived long before there was any any of the conveniences of electricity. In a state that is so heavily populated and the problems with high taxes that causes it is good to know the state has not yet turned the Wharton Tract over to developers of any kind that would totally destroy its beauty but has instead invested in its preservation.
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