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Wharton State Forest

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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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Good hiking for beginners!

I've been going to Batsto for years and visiting the historic village. This year I took my 7 year old and our dog on a hike through the Batona (red) trail and he loved it. Very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like bugs and sugar sand roads and no change in scenery then this is the place for you. The environmentalists wax poetic but is is aptly named the pine barrens for a reason but it is quiet.

Thank charles r
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been going to Batsto for years and visiting the historic village. This year I took my 7 year old and our dog on a hike through the Batona (red) trail and he loved it. Very scenic and beautiful, and very easy especially for a 7 year old.

Thank hollyjsnugs
new york
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152 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This forest borders what's known as the Pine Barrens in New Jersey...there a lot of hiking opportunities here. We've only done a small portion of it...The hiking we did was mostly flat and very easy. I dont know if there are more difficult hikes available....but you could spend hours or days hiking these trails.

Thank geminigirlNewYork
Wildwood, New Jersey
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

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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493 reviews
258 attraction reviews
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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
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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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127 reviews
45 attraction reviews
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

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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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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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

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