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Wharton State Forest, Batsto

#18 of 31 in Nature in New Jersey
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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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  • 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 »
  • Batsto Village is a nationally recognized historic site going back to 1766 with its bog ore used for making iron. The village buildings are still intact and you can enter them on a limited basis. Jose...  more »
  • Have stayed in cabin 3 multiple times and it is great. Right on the lake, with a screened in porch,loft, fireplace, kitchen and full bathroom. I always bring an air mattress because the "beds" are ver...  more »
  • Very cool place. We were there for the last two years at their auto and bottle show. Fantastic grounds, plenty to do. (if there is an event that day) Lots of old architecture.
  • Since I have gotten a jeep we have really explored as a family. The forest has countless hidden gems, it's a great place to kayak.
  • Lake was nice. The trails at Atsion were short and flat, but lots of blueberries. All in all a nice getaway.
  • Great soccer fields, timely games and well organized tournaments. traffic in and out sucks, expensive foods on site, no tents to hide from the sun from the organisers, leaving most kids exposed to heat and direct sun burns there's no running water, hence no bathrooms but potter potties
  • Great place for the explorer. Whether your hiking or driving, this place has plenty to see. Recommend all wheel drive or 4x4 after the rain, puddles become ponds quickly.

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