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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.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

walking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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.

backpacking
5 months ago

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).