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This unique environmental treasure covers approximately one million acres...

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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Year round favorite place to hike.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 out of Batsto. There is very easy parking there and visitors center. We walked a... More 

Thank podrozniczka60
Trenton, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 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 price. Or you could pack your lunch. The bathrooms were dirty. You take your garbage... More 

Thank Dawnzo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 were the strict rules about the small area where swimming was allowed, and only from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 a food stand.After you swim you can use the showers to freshen up.It's a great... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 get a guide book. "A Field Guide to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey" by... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 person that likes the outdoors and sand trails in the middle of nowhere than most... More 

3 Thank Trailblazer07
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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 you expensive infractions.

3 Thank Michael F
Cranbury, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 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!

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