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Best trails in Wharton State Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Wharton State Forest, New Jersey? AllTrails has 14 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 12 easy trails in Wharton State Forest ranging from 1.2 to 17.8 miles and from 16 to 200 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Wharton State Forest
Park information
Acreage:
122,463 acres
Park hours
Monday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
(609) 561-0024
Helpful links
Top trails (14)
#1 - Batsto Lake Trail
Wharton State Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
#2 - Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower via Batona Trail
Wharton State Forest
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(144)
Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
#3 - Batona Trail via Batsto
Wharton State Forest
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(38)
Length: 17.8 mi • Est. 7 h 20 m
From Basto to Evans BridgeShow more
#4 - Harrisville Pond
Wharton State Forest
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
Hiked past the bog between 563 and 679 then proceeded to the Harrisville Lake Trail, Ruins, Martha Road, Ruins and back along the Batona Trail.Show more
#5 - Batona Trail: Carranza Memorial to Quaker Bridge
Wharton State Forest
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(15)
Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
This is the fourth section of the Batona trail. Start at Carranza Memorial and walk south for approximately 6 miles to Quaker Bridge. From Quaker Bridge walk another 5 miles to Atsion Lake Visitor Center and the cars. You can take the purple Quaker Bridge trail to the yellow Mullica River trail and then follow that back to Atsion Lake. This is a beautiful section of the trail with lots of wild blueberries to snack on.Show more
#6 - Mullica River Wilderness Camp Trail
Wharton State Forest
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Length: 15.1 mi • Est. 6 h 15 m
#7 - Batsto River
Wharton State Forest
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(10)
Length: 5.7 mi
#8 - Goshen Pond Camping Area
Wharton State Forest
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(30)
Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
#9 - Wading River: Godfrey Bridge Rd to Bodine Field Rd
Wharton State Forest
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(11)
Length: 5.4 mi
#10 - Lower Forge and Mullica River Camps
Wharton State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(9)
Length: 13.5 mi • Est. 5 h 37 m
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