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Pine Barrens' Wharton State Forest

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Description: This unique environmental treasure covers approximately one million acres...
This unique environmental treasure covers approximately one million acres of undeveloped land in southern New Jersey, which has been designated as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations and a "Last Great Place" by the Nature Conservancy.
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Love the Pines

Ok, I am biased here because I really love the Pine Barrens in NJ. I did not visit them until a few years back with my kids in tow and wished I had found them earlier in life... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We camped at the Atsion Family Campground, our site gave access to the lake, which was great to put in our kayak. The are is fantastic, we did several hikes in the Pine Barrens forest, it was awesome. The only thing I did not like were the strict rules about the small area where swimming was allowed, and only from... More 

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Southampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

It's $10.00 a car load to swim or bbq meet people relax.You can pack a lunch and sit on the beach and have a wonderful day.Kids can bring their frisbees,balls,kites and etc and play right on the beach.In case you forget your lunch they have a food stand.After you swim you can use the showers to freshen up.It's a great... More 

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The Sand Barrens are vast with all kinds of surprises. Batso Village is an iron bog village; there is a glass museum with real life glassmaking and great weekend events; wildlife; an amazing area in a state so thickly populated with people. Be sure to get a guide book. "A Field Guide to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey" by... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Ok, I am biased here because I really love the Pine Barrens in NJ. I did not visit them until a few years back with my kids in tow and wished I had found them earlier in life. If you are not the type of person that likes the outdoors and sand trails in the middle of nowhere than most... More 

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Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

I would not recommend anyone get a camping permit at Wharton State Forest. The camp sites have trash all over them, the permits can run over $30 a night, and the rangers patrol constantly and violate you privacy in regards to find ways to give you expensive infractions.

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Cranbury, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2003

The Pine Barrens is a beautiful place. Batsto Village, in Wharton State Forest, is a surprise find. Great historical iron bog village with living history on the weekends. Camped at Atsion, the water is wonderful! Not alot of people around, great tubing rivers!

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