Looking for a great trail in Wharton State Forest, New Jersey? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 9 easy trails in Wharton State Forest ranging from 3.6 to 17.8 miles and from 16 to 203 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

I parked right in the front of Batona Campground (at least that's what I think it's called). Following the pink blazes was super easy the entire way through. in the beginning you're walking on/next to the campground's dirt roads so it doesn't really feel right, but keep going and it'll start to feel like a trail.

hiking
over grown
2 days ago

so quiet and peaceful.. somewhat busy seems like I always walk the opposite direction as everyone else lol but other then that it's a nice stroll thru the forest some trails are alittle overgrown but this time of year didnt have any ticks or chiggers so happy about that

mountain biking
8 days ago

route not entirely accurate, one bridge area impassable. 2-4 miles are uncompacted sand, making biking difficult. beginning of trail fantastic single track!

the entire point of walking through the most boring forested area with nothing but scrubbie Pines and scrubby Oaks and every once in a while you may see a bird all to get to the fire tower that they don't even allow you to climb up did we not pay for that fire tower to be put up who wants to walk to a bunch of Sugar Sand for 8 miles to get to a freaking tower that you could have driven to my entire life so that you could go to the Tower not so you can walk down eight miles of Sugar Sand and a bunch of big ass mud pits! being the only reason to go to apple pie Hill is to climb the tower not walk up the steps any jackass can walk up the steps but I often are you presented with a beautifully made climbing tower I remember my friends used to climb on top of the thing and watched the Stars when they're used to be stars in New Jersey he kind of pointless now get up there and watch all the planes go over head sound like fun and I got to walk 8 miles to Sugar Sand and sucking swamp even better. that's why the pineys derail that train down there look it up it's a good story. The train stopped, stopping in Chatsworth, they started to just throw the newspapers at them as they went by. So what the pineys do? well they took away the goddamn tracks and the train derailed!!

Very easy hike, plenty of plant and tree diversity! Trail was marked just fine. only disappointed that the fire tower was closed, would be nice if there was a schedule of when it would be open!

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice well maintained trail. Beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

I would recommend this trail for any new hikers or pinelands transplants. In a short and easy trail, you get a good look at several Pine Barrens habitats, in addition to the historic ruins. Nature lovers can find a variety of wildlife here. Also interesting are the remaining catalpa trees that have survived since the area was an iron furnace in the early-mid 1800s.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

This was a okay hike - we only did the white trail (about 4 miles, along the River then in the brush on the way back). It was often overgrown and marked for most areas. The views were not that great as they were grown in, but it was peaceful and relaxing! There are many trails, so this is only for the one that we took. Id love to go back and try others on a longer day!

This trail is poorly maintained and I wouldn’t recommend it. For most of it the brush was grazing our legs on both sides. Quaker bridge isn’t much to see either. No tea resting stumps or stones along the way. My fiancé was covered in HUNDREDS of seed ticks after this hike. BEWARE.

Did it as a night hike. Was awesome

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
bugs
4 months ago

Impossible to complete as written: a connector trail to Goodwater Rd at about 2.2 miles from Batsto is overgrown. I removed 3 fallen pines before giving up, since every tick in the area was already on me and the dog. Took Goodwater Rd instead. The bridge is out! The only working bridge is at Atsion-Quaker Bridge Rd, and after trekking extra 2 miles and back I didn’t feel like carrying the dog across again, so just walked back on Goodwater. Sandy, flat, not very exciting.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Good hike!

Very pretty

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

Always a favorite! Quick hike through a regenerating post-fire forest, cedar bog, and the lake. I usually go early to avoid running into too many people. The dog loves it too. The white trail is getting overgrown in parts, so beware the ticks and chiggers.

Great easy hike, cedar swamps and a couple of hills to keep things from getting too monotonous.

hiking
4 months ago

Most of the trail is also a road; therefore, it is not relaxing. It also is quite boring. I pulled 7 ticks off me and it was not worth it.

Hiked this loop today with 5 people and 8 dogs. Trail was well maintained. There was some large puddles, but was able to walk around all of them. Will do this one again.

on Batsto Lake Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Nice secluded walk. Only saw 4 people along the white trail. The lake views aren’t anything to write home about though.

I would recommend this trail to anybody for a dog friendly relatively easy walk out and back. Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower at end of trail is only open when fire watchers are on duty so we were not able to get the view. No real views along trail but no traffic and nicely kept trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Actually did 9.6 mile loop from Atsion Mansion to yellow Mullica River trail to purple Quaker Bridge Trail to green Wilderness Connector back to Mullica River. Beautiful scenery through interesting landscapes of sand trails with large old pines in groves and short underbrush, iced-tea colored shallow river with a small dune-like beach to fish from and swampy marsh areas to watch for birds and other wildlife. Gorgeous trails with spearmint and emerald colored mosses and crunchy brown pine cones. Amazing smells of pine needles when wonderful loud winds whip through the trees. You can drive to multiple waypoints along this trail on rough sand roads perfect fun for 4x4s. Friendly flat hiking, took 4 hours.

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muddy
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Well-marked trail and not crowded at all on a Thursday afternoon. There’s also a nice gift shop and bathrooms inside the visitor center.

hiking
7 months ago

Very short quick pleasant trail.

This is a great spot for a hike / trail run (I used it as the later). I went in March and the trail wasn’t overgrown, but I’d give hesitancy to do this in Summer due to overgrowth and ticks. Any time October - April is probably a golden time to hike. Initial parking was a bit confusing, but as you approach, you can park in the lots behind the Carranza memorial or pull into batona camp ground and park there. There’s not pavement or parking spots, you make your own in essence. The hardest part was finding the trail - pink blazes - which you can pick up by walking down the paved road a bit or thru the campground entrance and picking it up just past the parking area. Signage is slim, but look out for the blazes - they’re there! There are a lot of side trails and sand road crossings, but if you pay attention and keep alert for the blazes, it’s well marked and easy to navigate. The scenery is beautiful (quintessential pinelands) with some stream crossings. The end goal for most (myself included) is the fire tower. I got lucky - a ranger was in and invited me up to the top. The view was astounding - I could see Philadelphia, AC and a swath of pinelands for 360 degrees. He even pointed out some controlled fires burning. While this was great - DO NOT go up if no one is there. It is illegal and you can be prosecuted if caught. The ranger suggested calling ahead to see when a ranger is in to schedule a visit to the top. This is totally worth it, as it made the run all the better. 10/10 would do again!

hiking
snow
7 months ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
8 months ago

went on a warm day (62) in february and wasnt pleased at all. for 90% of the hike the terrain looks the same. theres nothing special or interesting. i remember thinking it was cool when i saw the train tracks, then the tower- thats it. got bit by a tick, too. it was hard to find the pink trail at first- it didnt start AT the monument... maybe 1/4 mile away. keep in mind that there is no cell phone service and the paths to drive out of the park are very muddy.

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