Wharton State Forest
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.
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.
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.
Favorite go to place for tranquility and peaceful surroundings!! Well taken care! Always worthy of a drive through and walk.
Cabin rental is awesome! The State Park Ranger was helpful above and beyond...and we'll be back for sure!
I love this land! Excellent hiking, biking, fishing, camping, canoeing, kayaking! I've never even seen the Jersey Devil.