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
blowdown
bridge out
bugs
1 month 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.

Good hike!

Very pretty

hiking
over grown
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
3 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
3 months ago

hiking
4 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
4 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!

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snow
5 months ago

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bugs
muddy
5 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.

walking
5 months ago

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

trail running
5 months 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.

hiking
6 months ago

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
8 months ago

Beautiful trail very nice for the beginner

hiking
8 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
8 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.

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