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Hammonton - Wharton State Forest

31 Batsto Road

Wharton State Forest is the largest single tract of land within the New Jersey State Park System. It is also the site of Batsto Village, a former bog iron and glassmaking industrial center from 1766 to 1867 that currently reflects the agricultural and commercial enterprises that existed here during the late 19th century.

Throughout Wharton are rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails (including a major section of the Batona Trail), miles of unpaved roads for mountain biking and horseback riding and numerous lakes, ponds and fields ideal for wildlife observation. Bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, marsh hawks, ospreys, great blue herons, swans, screech owls, great-horned owls, bluebirds, hummingbirds, purple martins, goldfinch, turkeys, beavers, river otters, fox and deer are only some of the wildlife the alert visitor can see.


Terry Tomasco

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
This place is my backyard, my playground, my church, my sanctuary, my home away from home. A place where I hike, kayak, camp, meditate, explore, hunt, fish, imagine, dream, share, learn, laugh and love. My spirit shines in these pines. These woods are full of rich history that, begins long before it was "discovered" by murderous, greedy and barbaric white settlers, and continues through wars, long extinct industries and into the protected lands we enjoy today. If only the trees could talk they would tell many tales of good and evil and mystery. I hope that anyone who visits The Pine Barrens takes the time to learn about its unique history, hidden beauty and colorful folklore. I further hope that visitors also respect the pristine beauty of our reserved natural wilderness and respect my home as you would your own.

Mark Kelley

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
If you love the wilderness, and you love south jersey, or NJ period, you would be a fool not to visit at some point in your life. Largest state park east of the Mississippi... in the most densely populated state, might I add! Hiking, biking, fishing, camping, canoeing, just taking a walk through historic Batsto village.... The list goes on and on... Wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle! Can feel like your miles away from anything but you're only a short drive from some of the largest cities in the world! Glad to call it home! FLY EAGLES FLY!

Laura Birks-Reinert

Sunday, March 11, 2018
I am biased because I grew up on the out-skirts of Wharton. There is so many trails for biking, hiking and exploring. It's absolutely gorgeous during the spring and fall months. Be sure to take a bag to carry your trash out! Visit Batsto for a great history lesson or simply enjoy the quiet.

Alex D

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
Awesome place for wheeling/off-roading. Lots of trails but nothing too serious/technical. Be ware of deep pits filled with water. Someone digs them 3-4 feet deep on purpose.

Joshua Cohen

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017
This review is referring to Batso village - This is a wonderful place with extensive trails that are well maintained. There's a small museum, old Post office and visitor center and the historic town is partially open to the public, the various homes and workshops are also open (the Manor is only open during paid tours). Sometimes there are people/volunteers in a small blacksmith shop that's open to public observation.

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