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Pine Barrens' Wharton State Forest

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Year round favorite place to hike.

Wharton State Forest is New Jersey hiker's paradise. It offers numerous shorter and longer fairly... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2016
New Jersey
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Atsion Lake Recreation Area

What a nice day trip with my grandnieces! It's a good value, has a nice beach, cedar water (looks... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2016
Trenton, NJ
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This unique environmental treasure covers approximately one million acres of undeveloped land in southern New Jersey, which has been designated as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations and a "Last Great Place" by the Nature Conservancy.
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Wharton State Forest is New Jersey hiker's paradise. It offers numerous shorter and longer fairly well maintained trails, picturesque picnic and camping sites and hosts major parts of Batona Trail. We like coming back here and exploring various routes. We especially like the trails coming...More

Thank podrozniczka60
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

What a nice day trip with my grandnieces! It's a good value, has a nice beach, cedar water (looks like ice tea!), showers, and changing rooms. They also have a good food stand that has sandwich wraps, ice cream, and other treats at a good...More

Thank Dawnzo
Reviewed 25 August 2015

We camped at the Atsion Family Campground, our site gave access to the lake, which was great to put in our kayak. The are is fantastic, we did several hikes in the Pine Barrens forest, it was awesome. The only thing I did not like...More

1  Thank MDO44
Reviewed 18 June 2015

It's $10.00 a car load to swim or bbq meet people relax.You can pack a lunch and sit on the beach and have a wonderful day.Kids can bring their frisbees,balls,kites and etc and play right on the beach.In case you forget your lunch they have...More

3  Thank Y2071OFlisap
Reviewed 25 October 2014

The Sand Barrens are vast with all kinds of surprises. Batso Village is an iron bog village; there is a glass museum with real life glassmaking and great weekend events; wildlife; an amazing area in a state so thickly populated with people. Be sure to...More

1  Thank robcurtross
Reviewed 28 December 2013

Ok, I am biased here because I really love the Pine Barrens in NJ. I did not visit them until a few years back with my kids in tow and wished I had found them earlier in life. If you are not the type of...More

4  Thank Trailblazer07
Reviewed 30 June 2012

I would not recommend anyone get a camping permit at Wharton State Forest. The camp sites have trash all over them, the permits can run over $30 a night, and the rangers patrol constantly and violate you privacy in regards to find ways to give...More

4  Thank Michael F
Reviewed 1 June 2003

The Pine Barrens is a beautiful place. Batsto Village, in Wharton State Forest, is a surprise find. Great historical iron bog village with living history on the weekends. Camped at Atsion, the water is wonderful! Not alot of people around, great tubing rivers!

14  Thank lmzNJ
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