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Wharton State Forest

Open Now: 09:00 - 17:00
Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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Visitor Center Has It All

We stopped at the Visitors Center prior to touring nearby Batsto Village. This is where you should... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2018
I never had such nice experience with police

I never had such nice experience with police like in the Wharton state forest with park police... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2018
Maria G
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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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Batsto, NJ 08037
+1 609-561-0024
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 2 July 2013

New Jersey does not bring to mind wilderness, but that's just what Wharton State Forest is. Approximately one bazillion acres (source needed) of beautiful woodlands with lots and lots of activities. This is not a "take a paved road and come up to playing fields...More

16  Thank mikebickerson
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 June 2012

I would not recommend anyone get a camping permit at Wharton State Forest. The camp sites have trash all over them, the permits can run over $30 a night, and the rangers patrol constantly and violate you privacy in regards to find ways to give...More

30  Thank Michael F
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

We stopped at the Visitors Center prior to touring nearby Batsto Village. This is where you should stop if you are looking for information on canoeing, hiking trails, mountain biking and camping. Take the time to visit the displays in the museum to learn about...More

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Reviewed 20 September 2018

I never had such nice experience with police like in the Wharton state forest with park police. Very professional people were friendly and helpful when I and my friend lost in the Wharton and had no idea where is our vehicle. Two officers came to...More

1  Thank Maria G
Reviewed 30 July 2018

The trip was great honestly. Beautiful, secluded, minimalistic grounds deep in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. I say minimalistic to set the expectation that if you're expecting a place with running water, showers, or anything outside of a potable water well, you're going to...More

Thank lmunley11
Reviewed 29 November 2017

I spent not only my childhood at Wharton State Forest, but my entire adulthood too! Even since the State police took over it's been quiet. It's a serene place to go to get away from the every day. Please respect the woods and the campsites...More

3  Thank RafterMan2
Reviewed 1 August 2017

The Wharton state forest encompasses large area with many hiking trails and neighboring Batsto complex. The trails are mostly well marked and can be combined. We hike here regularly. The Batsto visitor center offers restrooms, maps and information. You can also start your Batona trail...More

1  Thank podrozniczka60
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Ticks - to be expected, its NJ. Minimal elevation change which for those getting just into hiking is nice. Dog friendly. Beginning of trails are not marked well but once you are on them its easy to follow. Recommend wearing a hat (despite being in...More

3  Thank Anon8815
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Batsto Village is a nationally recognized historic site going back to 1766 with its bog ore used for making iron. The village buildings are still intact and you can enter them on a limited basis. Joseph Wharton, the Philadelphia businessman that the Wharton School at...More

Thank bernadettemestic2016
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Have stayed in cabin 3 multiple times and it is great. Right on the lake, with a screened in porch,loft, fireplace, kitchen and full bathroom. I always bring an air mattress because the "beds" are very hard.

1  Thank JLPrinzess
Reviewed 29 April 2017

The trail around the lake was fine, nothing special but not hideous but OH MY GOD, the ticks. I have pulled 8 off of me so far, 6 off my friend, and 8 and counting off the dog. We wore bug spray, sneakers, and long...More

3  Thank Taryn H
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Mullica River and Batona Trail Loop We hiked this trail on a fairly cool April day last year and enjoyed a very pleasant five hours. Hike Description: The Batsto Village Visitors Center, located adjacent to the parking lot, is the starting point to visit the...More

3  Thank robcurtross
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Kristin A
23 March 2015|
Response from Denise G | Reviewed this property |
I'm not familiar with the Mullica Hill trail- I've ben on the Mullica River trail, perhaps you mean that? Either way, none of the trails in Wharton are paved, I would expect it is sand, most likely occasionally it'll... More