Explore the most popular river trails in Wharton State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
12 days 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.

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

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful clean trail with great Lake and river sites

hiking
11 months ago

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.

on Batsto Lake Trail

hiking
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.

backpacking
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).

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.

walking
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 :)

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Relaxing with a lot to experience.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

very nice trails, wish there was a better access from the trail to the water.

hiking
Friday, April 17, 2015

This is the main State P & F site for both History and Hiking. Large visitors' center, huge 19th c. summer home of the Wharton family and a wide variety of trails to explore. I've been going there since the late 1940's and have yet to explore all the trails.

hiking
Monday, February 16, 2015

There are a lot of trails off the sandy roads. You can spend several hours there or just a few.

hiking
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

So many trails! So little time! Great views, fresh air and wonderful places to sit and just collet your thoughts, beautiful

camping
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking all good for this place. What a beautiful site.

mountain biking
Monday, October 15, 2012

there's also a mountain bike trails . the green one for beginners like 4 miles, the blue trails are like 6 to 6 and a half miles , and I believe the red if 19 miles . the trails are all easy and well maintained.

hiking
Sunday, April 29, 2012

This was an excellent trail starting at Batsto Village, there are 3 loop trails, red (1 mile, easy), blue (1.8 miles, moderate), and white (4 miles, moderate). The trails take you to the lake and back to the visitor center parking lot. We took the blue trail, relatively sandy and flat with just enough ups and downs to get your heart rate going. Beautiful scenery, too.

paddle sports
Sunday, December 04, 2011

Recently took our boy scout troop on a canoeing trip on the Wading River. I recommend this trip in the fall. We used a canoe company to drop us off upstream out of convenience. You can use your own canoes but you need to work out the logistics. Anyway, ths canoe trip is great for a beginner 6 mile ride. Great pics and no noise pollution. Camped at Bodine. The river trip brings us back to Bodie. Nice clean large sites, with facilities. Bring a saw to cut fire wood. The scouts had plenty of room to do scout stuff like compass and map orientation, cooking, etc. Clean, affordable and lots to do nearby if it rains. Water in theriver is still warm if you have an out of canoe experience.

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