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.

hiking
bugs
muddy
14 days 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.

walking
21 days ago

Enjoyable trail with a history center and historic buildings to start or finish a scenic hike.

trail running
23 days ago

If you know about and enjoy the off roading trails that make up much of the Pine Barrens in this area, then this is right up your alley. Plenty of trails to choose from, but also a lot of undulations for those who go 4 wheeling back there, making it difficult to get up a good pace.

This trail is not well marked . You see colored blazes everywhere but I didn’t see any signs of what color goes were . If your trying to get to Apple Pie Tower you need to follow pink. I missed a right turn at one point ended up adding a extra mile . Maybe about est mile in -AFTER A BRIDGE Look to the right for a small opening in a wooded area and pink blazes . You now will enter more of a wooded area . If you see a blue blaze at any point on your left you went to far and missed your turn ...turn around . Wear waterproof shoes . I didn’t think I needed them on this hike but it rained a few days before and a lot of the trail was walking through puddles. Also, take your time on the little bridge passings as they are slippery. They look so innocent but they definitely aren’t . My hiking boots have good grip and I still managed to fall. This hike took me 4 1/2 hours -that’s including a very long lunch break at the Tower . I walked fast on this day as I started late .There was no cell service the entire hike for me and I did not see anybody on the trail the day I went . Something to think about if you choose to go solo . I enjoyed it a lot but the fact there was no service and nobody to be seen I didn’t always feel too safe . Jersey Devil could be out there haha .I think if I did it again solo I would have to bring my emergency beacon . It’s a long way out on your own if you needed help for anything .Not a difficult hike at all but if you do not hike much this may end up being a leg burner for you as it’s long . Great trail to train for harder hikes !!!

Good place to get out to the woods for a short day hike. It is what you would expect for the Pine Barrens. Relatively flat and no incredible views although the lake is nice. It is quiet and wasn't crowded when I went during the colder months. Trails are well marked.

excellent

One of best So. Jersey hikes .includes mysterious Mt. Korbar. and then the snow capped peak of The Apple Pie
Hill (when there's snow). way, way
too bad they blocked access to the fire tower (asshole kids). Start early in winter.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail very nice for the beginner

hiking
3 months ago

We went trail walking in the stroller with our 3 month old. He loved it and fell asleep for at least half of the 4 mi. Batso Lake Trail. People had their dogs and it did not seem to bother anyone. The staff in the main office where the bathrooms are were very nice. Its a beautiful place to explore the NJ pine barrens anytime of year (especially during foliage time). Even in mid November we found ticks on us :O

hiking
3 months ago

History frozen! I loved exploring here! We lucked out with a beautiful day! Trails were a blast.

Very beautiful views of the Batsto Lake

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

paddle sports
5 months 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

hiking
7 months ago

Great view

backpacking
8 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!

Nice trail. Only saw one other hiker on a Saturday. The trail markings around the camp grounds were confusing. The trail runs immediately to the left of the privy. Other than that it was was marked

Relatively easy access, pretty pond and river area.

backpacking
9 months ago

well marked. clean. beautiful.

hiking
9 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 !!!

hiking
10 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

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful clean trail with great Lake and river sites

hiking
Monday, January 29, 2018

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

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

This was a really nice hiking spot. The trail was well marked and enjoyable. There was a beautiful lake by the campground and the a fire tower at the end of the trail.

hiking
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.

hiking
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

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.

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