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Address: Batsto, NJ 08037
Phone Number: 609- 561-0024
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This outdoor recreational area has rivers for canoeing and fishing, 500...

This outdoor recreational area has rivers for canoeing and fishing, 500 miles of unpaved roads for mountain biking and horseback riding, and scenic trails for hiking and viewing wildlife.

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Quiet Camping & Hiking Experience

We visited the Wharton State Forest in November and stayed at the Godfrey Bridge Campground site #5. It was quiet and just a short walk to the Wading River. The campsite had a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kristel F
Wildwood, New Jersey
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Wildwood, New Jersey
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Wharton State Forest in November and stayed at the Godfrey Bridge Campground site #5. It was quiet and just a short walk to the Wading River. The campsite had a fire ring and picnic table and the campground had outhouses (bring toilet paper). We hiked around Batsto Lake (blue) and it was easy nature hike. Everything in... More 

Thank Kristel F
Nutley, New Jersey
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475 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This is a good day trip or weekend trip. There is a nice visitor center with an historic village and the Wharton mansion. We have biked here but the trails are more for mountain bikes. Last weekend we walked on several trails. They are well marked and very nice. The leaves are beginning to change color and it is very... More 

Thank travelingrm
Lakehurst, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I stayed the night at the Hawkins Bridge section of Wharton State Forest. There were group sites and individual sites. Group sites were large but the individual sites were very close to each other. Firering pits were on each site and had grates for cooking. I didn't see any onsite picnic tables so bring your own just... More 

1 Thank FishingKimmie75
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

What I like about the Batsto Lake Trail is that it is well-marked, well-groomed, and "hilly" in spots. By saying "hilly"--it's not flat like most of Southern NJ's trails. There are lots of pines and the scent is lovely and the moss abounds. As you near the lake, there are benches and views of the lake. Here the vegetation changes... More 

Thank thepetalpusher
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1,279 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

A beautiful pieces of nature to drive through and probably to walk around as well. Lots of trees, open spaces and water views too. Quiet and clean.

Thank Bernardo F
Turnersville, New Jersey
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Easy drop in at Batsto Lake. We like to kayak against the current up the Mullica, turn around after eating a picnic lunch along the Batona trail, then flow with an easy kayak back to our car. We usually run across 1 or 2 other canoes/kayaks, but never so many people that it gets crowded. A great way to enjoy... More 

1 Thank Sue S
Hammonton, NJ
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Wharton state forest is a great place to visit to get a feel of southern New Jersey. Lots of sand, pine trees and cedar water. It can't be beat.

Thank Jevid
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

The Pine Barrens are one of the best NYC- or Philadelphia-area forest escapes, and Wharton State Forest is probably THE place to go in the Pine Barrens. Wharton State Forest is well set up for visitors, with a good variety of outdoor and historic activities, but really feels like an oasis of tranquility. We were there during Labor Day weekend,... More 

Thank reseal05
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I am a concerned citizen of southern New Jersey who is very upset with some change of events that I have noticed in our local state forest. I have spent most of my life in the farming community of Hammonton. Wharton State Forest has always been a large part of life for my friends, family, and myself. We have spent... More 

4 Thank Daniel I
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Beautiful state forest visit right in NJ! Wharton state has camping, hiking, canoeing and many other adventures for the outdoor enthusiast. Additionally, you can visit Batsto Village and experience many of the cultural activities offered if you plan your calendar right. Be sure to check out the websites for both to plan your trip around their events.

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