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Wharton State Forest, Batsto
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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 ...  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 ...  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. 
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  • Nice stretch of woods with lake, cabins and picnic areas. While not as spectacular as state forests in PA or NY, it is good by New Jersey standards and within an hour from most NJ locations. Cabins are nice with lake views, but too close to the main road.
  • 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.
  • Wharton is full of trails and historic sites. If you kayak or canoe, its an ideal park. If you single track cycle its great as well. There are several trails near Batsto Village.
  • This is a very unique natural area. I've head the pine barrens could produce enough water to supply both Philadelphia and NYC with fresh water. The sandy trails and pine forest make hiking interesting if your not accustomed to the areas terrain.
  • A great place to get away from it all. It is a beautiful wild place right in the middle of the congested Northeast Corridor. Trails, trees, secret places. You can't go wrong visiting anytime of the year.