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. It is 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.Make Wharton State Forest part of your personalized Batsto itinerary using our Batsto travel planner.
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Wharton State Forest Reviews
I spent not only my childhood at Wharton State Forest, but my entire adulthood too! Even since the State police took over it's been quiet. It's a serene place to go to get away from the every day. Ple... more »
The Wharton state forest encompasses large area with many hiking trails and neighboring Batsto complex. The trails are mostly well marked and can be combined. We hike here regularly. The Batsto visito... more »
Ticks - to be expected, its NJ. Minimal elevation change which for those getting just into hiking is nice. Dog friendly. Beginning of trails are not marked well but once you are on them its easy to fo... more »
I am biased because I grew up on the out-skirts of Wharton. There is so many trails for biking, hiking and exploring. It's absolutely gorgeous during the spring and fall months. Be sure to take a bag to carry your trash out! Visit Batsto for a great history lesson or simply enjoy the quiet.
This place is my backyard, my playground, my church, my sanctuary, my home away from home. A place where I hike, kayak, camp, meditate, explore, hunt, fish, imagine, dream, share, learn, laugh and love. My spirit shines in these pines. These woods are full of rich history that, begins long before it was "discovered" by murderous, greedy and barbaric white settlers, and continues through wars, long extinct industries and into the protected lands we enjoy today. If only the trees could talk they would tell many tales of good and evil and mystery. I hope that anyone who visits The Pine Barrens takes the time to learn about its unique history, hidden beauty and colorful folklore. I further hope that visitors also respect the pristine beauty of our reserved natural wilderness and respect my home as you would your own.
If you love the wilderness, and you love south jersey, or NJ period, you would be a fool not to visit at some point in your life. Largest state park east of the Mississippi... in the most densely populated state, might I add! Hiking, biking, fishing, camping, canoeing, just taking a walk through historic Batsto village.... The list goes on and on... Wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle! Can feel like your miles away from anything but you're only a short drive from some of the largest cities in the world! Glad to call it home! FLY EAGLES FLY!
Awesome place for wheeling/off-roading. Lots of trails but nothing too serious/technical. Be ware of deep pits filled with water. Someone digs them 3-4 feet deep on purpose.
This review is referring to Batso village - This is a wonderful place with extensive trails that are well maintained. There's a small museum, old Post office and visitor center and the historic town is partially open to the public, the various homes and workshops are also open (the Manor is only open during paid tours). Sometimes there are people/volunteers in a small blacksmith shop that's open to public observation.
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