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Wharton State Forest

Batsto, NJ 08037
609- 561-0024
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Batsto
Type: Forests
Activities: Hiking
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... more » 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. « less
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Southern NJ
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264 reviews 264 reviews
71 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
42 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
2 reviews
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Bedminster, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Through exhibits in their museam and interpreters throughout the village, Batso Village offers a way to learn about the history of the Pinelands in a friendly, relaxed, and interesting way. Well worth the visit!!

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Somerset, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Big, peaceful forest. The trees aren't very tall - I think some of the old growth may have been destroyed by fire. But, if you visit some of the ghost towns (we went to Harrisville), you can see how thoroughly the forest has reclaimed areas that humans had cleared for construction. It was drizzling on us for a while, which... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

I have spent many times out in the wilderness and was not disappointed with the unique ecosystem that the Pine Barrens offers. Wharton State Park is a great starting point for exploration as it offers a great base for hiking, swimming, and canoeing. We stayed at Atsion State Park, which offers HUGE sites with a fire ring, picnic table, and... More

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South Jersey
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79 reviews 79 reviews
52 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

New Jersey does not bring to mind wilderness, but that's just what Wharton State Forest is. Approximately one bazillion acres (source needed) of beautiful woodlands with lots and lots of activities. This is not a "take a paved road and come up to playing fields and a playground" type of park. It's a "your car can get stuck in the... More

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