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Wharton State Forest

Address: Batsto, NJ 08037
Phone Number: 609- 561-0024
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Ranked #2 of 2 Attractions in Batsto
Type: Forests, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This outdoor recreational area has rivers for canoeing and fishing, 500 miles of unpaved roads for...
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Type: Forests, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I love the Pine Barrens. We come atleast four times a year to camp, usually at Godfrey, but we've been to Batona campground too, and both are great. Batona is a great spot to camp in the fall and spring when Wharton is a bit warmer than the camping options in Northern Jersey or Upstate NY, the Batona trail is... More 

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New Jersey
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429 attraction reviews
1,108 helpful votes 1,108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Wharton State Forest may not be recommended for camping but it is a great place to hike. There are several hiking trails out of Batsto. You can pick the famous Batona trail here. One of the best hikes is Corranza Monument to Apple Pie Hill. Round trip 8,2 miles highly recommended. All trails are relatively easy and picturesque. There is... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I have to say this was the worst camping experience I have ever had. I selected a site on the water...well you had a small little clearing where you could see the water. The Campground is right next to a road and all you hear while trying to escape is trucks and cars going by. When I camp I like... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I've camped twice at Bodine Field (primitive camping with a stream for swimming) and once at Godfrey Bridge (designated sites with fire ring and picnic tables). Both places were peaceful, scenic, and fun. Fellow campers were friendly and quiet. One time my RV got stuck in the sand and their were literally a half dozen different people in 4x4 trucks... More 

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Southern NJ
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194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Over the years we have enjoyed various hikes at Wharton State Forest. Trails look very different in different seasons. A very interesting place to go! Winter scenes can be especially beautiful.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I've been here twice and loved it. We parked a car at the Batsto village and followed the trails. It's very quiet and peaceful and scenery is beautiful. We could spend only half day but next time I plan to spend the whole day. It's only an hour away from Philadelphia. If you want to get away from a city... More 

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New Jersey
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65 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

A very nice park to hike around in with an interesting old time village to explore. It is a bit far from where I live but i did not regret our trip down to visit this park. It is pet friendly with plenty to explore.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I love it here! It's not too far from home, but it's very private and natural! You wake up early to deer eating with their babies! So cute! And it's very clean! The last time we went, we were the only people around! Lots of trails to hike, and they have bathrooms scattered around. Which is very convenient. The do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Goshen Pond is one of my favorite camping sites in the East Coast. Beautiful cold mist in the morning, kayaking cedar water in the afternoon, quiet-cozy-relaxed evening by the campfire. What more can you ask for for a small weekend getaway?

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Brooklyn, NY
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Here is the bad part first: I came here with a group of friends and we reserved a group campsite at Hawkins Bridge Campground group campsite A. First, when we called the office for directions and some information, they gave us GPS coordinates, thats it. nothing else. One car did go to the visitors center and asked for directions. what... More 

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