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Wharton State Forest

Address: Batsto, NJ 08037
Phone Number: 609- 561-0024
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Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Batsto
Type: Forests, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
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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Williamstown, NJ
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We are avid kayakers & love to kayak the Batsto River. We have done Hampton Furnace to Quakerbridge & Quakerbridge down to the lake. Occasionally we have put in at the lake & kayaked up until we were tired & came back down stream. Vast area w/ lots of scenery & wildlife. During the summer time on a weekend the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

In addition to the historic buildings located throughout the park, there are walking, cycling and horse trails in this park. The walking trails around the lake are very manageable. Additionally the park is 'pet friendly' so dogs are welcome. Great throughout the seasons. Can be confusing to get to so check directions thoroughly.

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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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441 attraction reviews
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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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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 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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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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106 reviews 106 reviews
65 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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