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Wharton State Forest

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Address: Batsto, NJ 08037
Phone Number: 609- 561-0024
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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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The pine barrens of wharton state forest are rich with history and wildlife. Of course it doesnt have the mountain overlooks or easy to find monuments but thats what makes wharton... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 21, 2016
McKinnon E
Galloway, New Jersey
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Galloway, New Jersey
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

The pine barrens of wharton state forest are rich with history and wildlife. Of course it doesnt have the mountain overlooks or easy to find monuments but thats what makes wharton awesome. It takes a little backroad knowledge and skill to find the fun and interesting things to see. Batsto village is the main hub and you can get lots... More 

1 Thank McKinnon E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

I haven't been here in years but it's great, STILL! I'm at the Atsion Cabins built in 1920- it's so blasted hot I can't handle it and no fans, so we camped on the screened in front porch. Nonetheless it's dirt cheap, private and super cool. Definitely coming back.

Thank Ivy C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Yes, this is the Pine Barrens so the scenery is not that varied but there is a lot of history to see and the many hiking trails range from 1/2 mile to 9 1/2 miles for the more adventurous.

Thank Nick C
Berlin, New Jersey, United States
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I go here to hike local when we can't do a camping trip . It gives us the nature we need to distress . Very clean and friendly . For nj worth going to

Thank Robert D
New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

I went here to hike the Apple Pie Hill trail out to the fire tower. It's a pretty easy hike. One or two slight hills. But nothing major. The trails get a little narrow at times so be on the lookout for ticks on your clothes. There were volunteers the day I visited cutting back some of the brush. I... More 

1 Thank Steve H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2016

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.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2016

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.

1 Thank hollyjsnugs
new york
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2016

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 of 5 bubbles 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
New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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