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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.

Deciding where to park was tough but a fellow hiker helped us out. Trail was fun.

paddle sports
1 month ago

The Mullica River is a gem in the Wharton State forest. The Pine Barrens are amazing and this is some great river paddling! I've done the trip twice - once mid Aug 2017, one late Aug 2018 and the water levels made the trip very different. Both were great but the lower water levels make it hard to pass some of the sand bars and fallen logs.

We did this trip as a two day paddle, putting in at Atsion near the park office where we got our camping permit and firewood. The first trip we finished at the Bel Haven Paddle sports office where we rented a canoe. The second we opted to take out at Pleasant Mills. Although there were a lot of fun rope swings, the paddling on the wider part of the Mullica wasn't a great ending to the trip.

It took us about 5 or 6 hours to get to the Mullica River Wilderness campground. There's about 10 sites, each with a fire ring, a water pump and a few pit toilets. There are no dogs allowed at this campground (for a similar trip that is dog friendly check out the Batsto River). The next day's paddle took about 3 or 4 hours at a leisurely pace.

I highly recommend this trip. The Pine Barrens are magical, the river is incredibly fun to paddle and paddling to the remote campground combines some of the best parts of camping.

Nice quiet trail

Very cool trail near the historic Batsto Village. Nice scenic stop at the river. The most flying insects I’ve encountered on a trail to date when in the deeper part of the woods, but sunglasses helped to keep them out of my eyes

4 months ago

Great view

4 months ago

The trail is really well marked for this loop. Terrain is easy—mostly packed sand. Views from the river side part of the hike were nice. Bugs were not terrible. Saw a few ticks. Chris who works in the museum/gift shop was extremely nice, enthusiastic, and SUPER helpful. Would highly recommend!

Relatively easy access, pretty pond and river area.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike through the Pine Barrens. The trail head is a little tricky to find from where the AllTrails app has you park. You'll want to enter the Batona camping area and pickup the pink/red trail. Just keep course and you will walk through pine forests and bogs that will take your breath away. Unfortunately, the fire tower is closed to public without a fire-watcher on duty, but the tower itself is still pretty neat to see.

very sandy fast pace singel track good intervals fun with the family !!!

6 months ago

Good family trail starts off real nice hiking along a cool wooded area along the lake soon as you get to the upper area of the trail it turns into sandy wooded roads which I wouldn’t classify as a trail...the scenery also disappears in this area with no visuals of the lake

6 months ago

Beautiful clean trail with great Lake and river sites

Awesome hike today, it rained 75% of the time but it made it more beautiful. Would recommend it for a casual hike, my girlfriend said it was lengthy lol oh well

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The hiking trail is not well maintained or marked in some portions. It gets narrow admist very high bushes. The tower view is ok, the top is locked. There is a lot of graffiti periodically in that area and people leave behind garbage. If hiking with a pet be careful for broken glass at the clearing for the tower.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Seemed a bit overgrown. Be prepared to cross the stream or start out on the other side. We didn't get far though as the bugs were brutal today. The girls were not going to last long so we opted for a slow drive down the dirt roads to finish the day. I will come back on a cooler day.

What a lovely walk in the pines! Flat with two climbs and plenty of water for the pup in the first half. We went during fire season so the tower was open and the fire watcher was happy to chat!

on Batsto Lake Trail

Monday, April 10, 2017

I have walked this trail many times with groups and I enjoy it very much. It is a great introduction to hiking. The trail does contain some roots and ground that is not level, so do be careful if this is one of your first times venturing onto natural, unpaved or graded hiking trails.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

I used this trail to spend an overnighter at the Lower Forge Campground. From a hiking perspective, it's an easy trail. You're in the Pine Barrens so it's a sandy trail, and apart from the river there's not much variety to the scenery. And as you approach the area of Quaker Bridge Road, you'll see and hear many people enjoying offroading in their trucks, ATVs and bikes.

The campground was a disappointment. The sites are basically right next to each other, so you don't get any privacy. And there was not much dead wood to be found (if you plan on doing a campfire).

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Went here thinking you can climb the tower, you can't, it's locked up with signs of "Keep Out" & "Violators Will Be Prosecuted". Also "signs" for "Security Camera Surveillance" but I did not see any cameras myself. The highlighted red trail on the All Trails map is not accurate to actual accessible trails. The car ride to the staring point took you past the trail which made no sense to me. Can be a fun trail if you prep and plan ahead and don't put all your faith in All Trails for guidance.

P.S. This is deer tick country in warm and summer months, so prepare yourself, dogs and loved ones with tick repellent!

Monday, October 17, 2016

its no longer open to the public..

trail running
Friday, October 07, 2016

The Batsto Lake White Trail (White blaze/marker) is about 4 miles start to finish. The trail is shared with the Batsto Lake Blue Trail (Blue blaze/marker) and the Batona Trail (Pink blaze/marker) for parts of its length.
I've enjoyed the use of this path through the woods for trail running. Easy on the legs yet a good workout.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Beautiful, quiet, easy walk.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Nice, peaceful.

Have been coming here for years. Great place to camp if you like it rough. Deer, coyote, fox... It's an adventure :)

Friday, July 01, 2016

This experience for my friend and I was one of the worst of our entire lives. The trails lead to absolutely nothing but a fire tower, which while cool, isn't fulfilling for the large amount of nothing that led to it

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Be careful when you park because our gps brought us to a sand path in the middle of the woods. Luckily we did not get stuck but another group of hikers did. Not exactly kid friendly. The watch tower is filled in with graffiti and curse words. But awesome view from the top if you are brave enough to walk up!!

Sunday, March 06, 2016

A lot to offer here. My girlfriend and I made a day trip here last summer. Only downfall was how hot it was but luckily we were prepared. We decided to hit up a trail that was 50 miles long. We didn't do the whole thing but were able to complete about a 10 mile all-around hike. We ventured through the trail until it became a very narrow trail. There was a downed tree blocking part of it about 7 miles in. We could tell no one had been on it for a while. Regardless it was a fun time.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Relaxing with a lot to experience.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Took the batona trail from carranzo memorial, out and back. Great hike, even in winter. The lookout tower was a nice treat.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Cold in the snow!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pretty clear day, climbed up the tower but was locked. Hung out, was still able to see AC and Philly which was cool. Would love to see at night. Anyone know if you can camp or does patrol come around at night?

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