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Wharton State Forest
|Park Overview:|| |
The central part of the state forest is farther from a paved road than any other place in New Jersey. It also contains two historic villages with restored buildings and several others where only ruins remain.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||500 miles|
|Park Acreage:||122880 acres|
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
|Park Description:|| |
Located in the heart of the Pinelands, Wharton State Forest is well known as a canoeist's paradise, with narrow, twisting streams gently flowing through the cedar, pine, and oak forests. The area once played an important role in the industrial development of the United States. Bog ore and the ready supply of trees and water resulted in the building of iron furnaces and sawmills. Between 1766 and 1876, the business and property were sold many times. The last owner was Joseph Wharton who, before he died in 1909, purchased nearly 100,000 acres of land, established a cranberry industry, and experimented with scientific methods of forest management. Aside from the facilities at Batsto and Atsion, the property has remained undeveloped. Within the state forest are Batsto and Oswego River natural areas, and Batsto Village, a National Historic Site.
|Trails Overview:|| |
Just imagine a network of 500 miles of sand roads and trails in the state forest.
Click for detailed descriptions of hikes along the trail.
Sections of the Batona Trail have been re-routed. Check with the park's website (link in Contact Information) for map revision information and updates. Maps and books are for sale at the park office.
There are many access points to Wharton State Forest. To reach Batsto, follow the signs from Exit 52 of the Garden State Parkway. Access to Evans Bridge is via County 563 [Green Bank- Chatsworth Road], where there is parking at Evans Bridge, or from County 679 [Harrisville-Chatsworth Road], where there is room for several cars to park along the road at Harrisville.
|Contact Information:||NJ DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry |
|Fees:||Some times and places; check with park|