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Attention hikers and paddlers within Wharton State Forest: If you are planning a multiple, consecutive night stay along our rivers and trail system and will be utilizing more than one campground, please make your reservation by calling 1-855-607-3074.
Attention Batona Trail hikers: If you are planning a multiple, consecutive night stay along the Batona Trail and will be utilizing more than one campground, please make your reservation by calling 1-855-607-3074.
Attention Bodine Field Campers: Please be advised that, starting October 1, 2013, Bodine Field Camp will be closed for a maintenance, conservation and improvement project. Reservations will not be taken beyond September 30th. The campground is projected to reopen April 1, 2014, at which time advanced reservations will be taken through Reserve America. Please contact the park office at (609) 561-0024 if further information is needed.
WHARTON STATE FOREST, NJ
DescriptionNestled in the heart of the Pinelands National Reserve, Wharton State Forest offers a chance to experience the unique Pine Barrens ecosystem with a variety of natural and historic activities. Visitors may enjoy scenic hiking trails, canoeing or kayaking, exploring historic Batsto Village, swimming and picnicking at Atsion Recreation Area during the summer, fishing, bicycling, bird watching, camping, and more.
With over 125,000 acres, Wharton State Forest is the largest State Forest in the New Jersey State Park System. We are conveniently located near a number of major metropolitan areas: approximately 30 minutes from Atlantic City, an hour from Philadelphia, an hour and a half from Trenton and two hours from New York City.
From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, the Atsion Recreation Area within Wharton State Forest offers a swimming beach staffed with lifeguards. Restrooms and shower facilities are available to the public during this time.
Our main office is located in the visitor center at 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. Visitors to Batsto Village can imagine what life was like over 150 years ago through exploring the original buildings from the 1800’s. Mansion tours, Sawmill and Blacksmithing demonstrations, and other interpretive historic programs are offered seasonally; please call the office at (609) 561-0024 for the schedule or more information. Along with the historic programs, the Annie M. Carter Nature Center offers guided nature hikes and various nature-themed interpretive programs year-round. For more information, please call the Nature Center at (609) 567-4559.
Our Atsion office is open seasonally from April 1st-October 31st. Housed in the former general store of Atsion Village, visitors can obtain hiking trail maps, information about the Forest, and camping permits. Visitors may also inquire about tours of the newly-renovated Atsion Mansion, located conveniently next door. For Atsion Mansion tour schedules and information about the Recreation Area or campgrounds, please call the Atsion Office at (609) 268-0444.
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Alerts and Important InformationIN CASE OF EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911 OR DEP COMMUNICATIONS AT 1-877-927-6337.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE - Please check in at the office. Check in is mandatory and must be done by the site's named permit holder (Primary Occupant) with ID. If arriving after park office hours (9 AM - 4 PM), please check in the following morning between the hours of 9 AM and 10 AM.
Make and license plates of all vehicles must be provided at registration.
CHECK IN — 12 Noon for Tent sites. 3 PM for Cabins
CHECK OUT - 12 Noon for all sites.
FACILITY HOURS AND LOCATION - Wharton State Forest has two offices - one at Batsto Village and one at Atsion. Batsto Village is located on Route 542, eight miles east of Hammonton. Atsion is on Route 206, eight miles north of Hammonton. Both park offices are open during the hours 9:00AM to 4:00PM. The Atsion Office is open April 1st- October 31st.
AGE REGULATIONS - Campsites must be registered and occupied by a responsible person 18 years of age or older.
OCCUPANCY - Limited to 6 individuals per campsite unless a group site. Only 2 tents and 2 vehicles permitted on any campsite unless otherwise specified. Primary occupant/permit holder must be present at site during the stay.
VISITORS - Visitors are permitted from 8AM to 8PM.
QUIET HOURS - Please observe quiet hours from 10PM until 6AM.
ANIMAL ALERTS - Pets are prohibited in Cabins 1-9, Atsion Family Campsites #001-025 and 035-050, Mullica River Campground and Bodine Field Campground. All other campgrounds are pet friendly once pets have been registered and paid for at one of our park offices. Rabies vaccination paperwork must be on hand and on file at the office.
RESTRICTIONS - Alcohol is prohibited. No additional tents or equipment can be set up on a cabin site. All terrain vehicles (ATV), motorized trail bikes and off-road vehicles are prohibited.
GENERATORS - May be used except during quiet hours. If the use of a generator is deemed unreasonably loud by the facility staff then individual use of a generator may be prohibited/limited.
GROUP/PRIMITIVE CAMPSITES - NO SHOWER FACILITIES AVAILABLE. The group sites do not have flush toilets or showers and the use of the family campground facilities is prohibited.
FIRES - All campfires must comply with the NJ Forest Fire regulations and are to be built only in the fire rings provided at each site. No chainsaws are allowed in campgrounds, and cutting down trees, alive or dead is prohibited. Firewood can be purchased at the park office. Firewood may not be brought in from out of state.
TRASH—Wharton State Forest is a carry in, carry out facility. All trash must be removed from camp site at the time of check out.
SWIMMING - Swimming is permitted at the Atsion Rec Area beach from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty. Visitors will find a beach complex containing changing area, restrooms, a first-aid station and a concession offering refreshments and beach equipment rentals. Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Each year the campground makes every effort to provide safe swimming opportunities by testing the water and by keeping the swimming areas staffed with lifeguards. Please be aware that if the safety of our swimmers is compromised, due to lack of lifeguard coverage or water quality issues, swimming will be prohibited and therefore cannot be a guaranteed activity. We apologize for this inconvenience as it may occur with little advance notice.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Batsto Village is located on Route 542, eight miles east of Hammonton. Atsion is on Route 206, eight miles north of Hammonton.
Mailing Address:WHARTON STATE FOREST
31 Batsto Rd
Hammonton NJ 08037
Phone Number:Information: (609)561-0024
The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.