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New Jersey
Delaware River Region
Wharton State Forest
WHARTON STATE FOREST
WHARTON STATE FOREST
31 Batsto Road
Hammonton, New Jersey   08037

Phone: 609-561-0024
Wharton State Forest
'Riders heading down Quaker Bridge Road'
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Wharton State Forest
'Abandoned Atsion Village'
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Wharton State Forest
'Cherry blossoms'
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Wharton State Forest
'State Park Cabin'
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Wharton State Forest
'Atsion Lake'
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Wharton State Forest
'Night comes to Atsion Lake'
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Wharton State Forest
'Atsion'
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Wharton State Forest
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Wharton State Forest
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Wharton State Forest
'Atsion Lake'

Atsion Lake view from Atsion road

Wharton State Forest
'Goshen Pond'

Wharton State Forest
'Goshen Pond'

Wharton State Forest
'Wharton State Park'

Winter Camping

Wharton State Forest
'Winter morning'
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Upper Batsto river

Wharton State Forest

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Wharton State Forest
'Basto Village'

Wharton State Forest
'Basto Village'

Wharton State Forest
'Basto Village'

Wharton State Forest
'Basto Village'

Wharton State Forest
'Basto Village'

Wharton State Forest
'Basto Village'

Wharton State Forest
'Basto Village'

Wharton State Forest
'Quaker Bridge Road'
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Wharton State Forest
'Magnolia blossoms'
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Wharton State Forest
'Chickadee'
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Wharton State Forest
'Richards Mansion'
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Wharton State Forest
'Forsythia '
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Wharton State Forest
'Abandoned schoolhouse of Atsion Village'
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Wharton State Forest
'Atsion Lake'
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Wharton State Forest
'Dead tree'
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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.
History of the Area
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.
Cabins
Cabins: Nine furnished cabins with screened porch, fireplace, outdoor campfire rings, refrigerator, hot and cold running water, bathroom with toilet and shower; single beds. Cabin #6 contains 2 bunks. All cabins are designed for people with disabilities. Five cabins accommodate 4 people; three cabins accommodate 6 people; 1 cabin accommodates 8 people. Cabins are located on Atsion Lake. Open April 1 through October 31.Four Person Cabin: $45 per night, $315 per weekSix Person Cabin: $65 per night, $455 per weekEight Person Cabin: $85 per night, $595 per week
Camping
Atsion campsites: 50 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Potable water, flush toilets and showers are within walking distance. Please call ahead for campfire regulations. Trailer sanitary station open April 1 through December 15. Campsites open April 1 through December 15. $20 per night.

Godfrey Bridge: 49 tent and trailer sites (21 feet or less), water, picnic tables, fire rings, pit toilets. Please call ahead for campfire regulations. Trailers may use trailer sanitary station at Atsion. Campsites open all year. $20 per night.

Primitive Campsites: Bodine Field, Hawkins Bridge, Batona, Mullica River and Goshen Pond have hand pumps for water and pit toilets. Buttonwood Hill and Lower Forge sites have no water. Mullica River and Lower Forge can only be accessed by hiking, canoeing or horseback; motor vehicles are not permitted. All other areas are accessible by motor vehicles. Please call ahead for campfire regulations. Maximum campsite capacities vary from 50 to 250 persons. $2 per person per night
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Boating
Mullica River provides excellent boating for electric motors, trailer launch, and cartop launch. Canoeing can also be enjoyed on Mullica, Batsto, Wading and Oswego Rivers.

Boat Launching Fees:$10.00/launch Daily$55.00 Annual


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Trails
This 50-mile trail connects Wharton, Brendan T. Byrne and Bass River State forests. This portion of the Batona Trail is maintained by the NJ State Park Service and the Batona Hiking Club.
Area Attractions
Batsto Village

This Pine Barrens village consists of thirty-three historic buildings and structures including the Batsto Mansion, gristmill, sawmill, general store, workers' homes and post office. The mansion is now open for tours.

Fees: Entrance fees are only charged from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Weekdays: $5.00 Weekends: NA

Batsto Natural Area (9449 acres):This natural area is composed of two sections bordering the Batsto and Mullica rivers and contains several forest communities that are representative of New Jersey Pine Barrens.

Oswego River Natural Area (1,927 acres):Extensive white cedar and pitch pine forests border the Oswego River. This freshwater wetland corridor is home to the rare bog asphodel, Pine Barren boneset, curly grass fern and Pine Barrens treefrog.

Atsion Recreation Area

The recreation area opens daily at 9:00 am. Swimming facilities are available at Atsion Recreation Area on Route 206 in Shamong Township from Memorial Weekend to Labor Day, while lifeguards are on duty. For more information call (609) 268-0444. Swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 10 am to 6 pm.

Fees: Entrance fees are only charged from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

Weekdays: $5.00Weekends: $10.00 Walk-in/bicycle: $2.00
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 17 A great place for a family outing by Al Dansbury
I have been visting this area in the Pine Barrens since 1960. The beauty of the area brings back many memories of fishing and camping since my childhood. Basto Village is my most favorite place in South Jersey.
August 19 bodine
I have been camping at bodine for 25 years.now i take my grand kids. 25 years ago it was great place to camp now people leaves there trash, and brings there dogs.I really wish the park police could do something, about the dogs
September 5 crowds by art
i was told goshen pond was a primative campsite and 1 person was there and arrived to find about 40 people and tents every 15 feet and they had outhouses and water pumps! after trying to relax dogs off leash running and barking at everything and people yelling and screaming just ruined my mood!i will never go to that site again!!oddly i had luck in another spot before that but i can`t remember the name(still part of wharton)that was great.
July 2 Been going here since 1975 by Jean
The best place to camp in NJ. Our annual canoeing/camping trip to Bodine field has grown over the years, but the beauty of the forest has not. What started as a child as day trips has grown into a much anticipated yearly camping retreat with family and friends.
June 16 GO-But do not litter please! by Karen-S. Jersey
Our favorite favorite forest in NJ! So beautiful, pure white sand trails, HUGE Scrub Pines, wonderful smell, it a real beautiful place!!! Be sure to visit the village, spooky mansion and the store, its really awesome. We live here and go year round!!
September 24 New Jersey Secret by James Klich II
One fantastic park. I would recommend a canoe trip. You can go for the day or overnight. A trip your family will never forget.
June 2 batsto by Dot
Recently attended a blue grass festival in Batsto Village. It was a great experience. Everything is so well kept. Thank you. Would like to get to know more of the Wharton State Forest and Batsto Village. Driving through the forest was so relaxing.


Area Campgrounds

Wading Pines Camping Resort
85 Godfrey Bridge Road
Chatsworth, NJ
609-726-1313


Belhaven Lake Resort Campground Inc
1213 Route 542
Greenbank, NJ
609-965-2827


Indian Branch Park Campground
2021 Skip Morgan Drive
Hammonton, NJ
609-561-4719


Hospitality Creek Campground
117 Coles Mill Road
Williamstown, NJ
856-629-5140


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Wharton State Forest has two offices - one at Batsto Village and one at Atsion Recreation Area. Batsto Village is located on Route 542, eight miles east of Hammonton. Atsion is on Route 206, eight miles north of Hammonton.

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