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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.


Patrick Arey

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Its huge so don't get lost! I hunt here, and it's very easy to get lost but with the correct heading can be a lot of fun here all day. The rangers I've run in to are very friendly, and helpful explaining anything you need to know.

Matthew McElroy

Thursday, July 5, 2018
This is an excellent place for a hike. There are a number of trails which are all well-marked. The maps are accurate and depending on the trail you can see a variety of habitats.

Robin Taylor

Monday, June 18, 2018
Our favorite place to go hiking! Well marked trails for easy navigation. Be sure to use strong repellant: LOTS of ticks.

Laura Rea

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Had a great time. Clean serene and all around a great day. Definetly going back


Sunday, July 8, 2018
Public Walking Trails, The Forrest is Incredible great for Canoeing make sure to visit Batsto Village brings you back in time.

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