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: Godfrey bridge and Hawkin bridge campers. Godfrey bridge is scheduled to be closed for repairs the days of July 24th 2014 - July 26th 2014. Please contact the office at 609 561 0024 for alternate directions. Thank you for your patience as we continually work to improve your camping experience.
Attention Campers:
  • To camp with a pet at a pet friendly site, campers must have current rabies vaccination certificate at the office and pay the $5 per night fee (for up to two dogs per permit) upon arrival at the office.
  • Campers must pick up their permit at the office the day they are camping and will receive the daily fire regulations.


  • TRANSACTION FEE FOR 2014:
    Beginning January 1, 2014, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged for all walk-in overnight reservations.

    WHARTON STATE FOREST, NJ

    Nestled 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...
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    IN 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.
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    Overview

    Description

    Nestled 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.

    Geography:

    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.

    Recreation:

    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.

    Atsion Recreation Area also offers picnic tables and charcoal grills available on a first-come, first-serve basis, a short nature trail, canoe/kayak launch area, two playgrounds and an open playfield.

    Wharton State Forest is home to many interesting plants and animals, some which are unique to the Pinelands ecosystem. Visitors will enjoy traversing our hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails. More than half of the 50+ mile long Batona Trail runs through Wharton State Forest. Other ways to enjoy the Forest include boating, paddling and fishing on our numerous rivers and lakes.

    Boaters can launch into the Mullica River at the Crowleys Landing boat launch. Launch fees are charged from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and are collected at the Batsto visitor center. Frequent boaters may purchase an annual launch permit from the office, a convenient alternative to the daily fees.

    Facilities:

    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.

    For campers, we offer 9 different campgrounds located throughout the Forest, and 9 rustic cabins situated on Atsion Lake.

  • Atsion Family Campground has 50 tent and trailer sites with picnic tables, fire rings, and access to flush toilets and shower facilities, open April 1st-October 31st. Located on Atsion Lake, across from the recreation area.
  • Godfrey Bridge Campground has 34 primitive tent and trailer sites, with fire rings, access to potable drinking water and pit toilet facilities. Located along the Wading River.
  • Hawkins Bridge Campground has 9 primitive tent sites and 4 group sites, with access to potable drinking water and pit toilet facilities. Located along the Wading River.
  • Goshen Pond Campground offers 14 primitive tent sites, 2 tent or trailer sites, and 3 group sites, with access to potable drinking water and pit toilet facilities. Located along the Mullica River at Goshen Pond. These sites have no flush toilets or showers, and use of the Atsion Family Campground facilities is prohibited.
  • Buttonwood Hill Campground offers 5 primitive tent and trailer sites with fire rings. Pit toilet facilities, no access to drinking water. Located on Rt. 542, across the street from Crowleys Landing Boat Launch.
  • Batona Campground offers 12 primitive tent and trailer sites and 1 group site. Access to potable drinking water, pit toilet facilities. Located in the northern part of the Forest near the Carranza Memorial and along the Batona Trail.
  • Lower Forge Campground has 9 tent sites and is only accessible by hiking or paddling. Access to pit toilets, no drinking water. Located along the Batona Trail and Batsto River.
  • Mullica Campground has 10 tent sites, and is only accessible by hiking or paddling. Access to pit toilets and potable drinking water. Located along the Mullica River and Mullica River trail.
  • Bodine Campground has access to pit toilets and potable drinking water. This campground must be reserved through our field office.
  • The 9 Atsion cabins are a blend of rustic and modern amenities. Each cabin has a full bathroom, a kitchen with a refrigerator and electric stove, an indoor fireplace, an outdoor fire ring, a picnic table and charcoal grill. All cabins are along Atsion Lake, and sleep 4, 6, or 8 people depending on the specific cabin. Cabins are open April 1st-October 31st, and there is a 2 night minimum stay in April and May until Memorial Day weekend, and after Labor Day weekend until the end of October. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, the cabins are rented on a weekly basis.


  • 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.

    Nearby Attractions:

    Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Tuckerton Seaport, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, Historic Smithville Village, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Noyes Museum of Art - Oceanville, Wheaton Arts

    Booking Window

    Cabin

    Sat Jul 26 2014 - Tue Jun 23 2015

    Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 11 Month(s) in advance.

    Family Camping

    Thu Jul 24 2014 - Tue Jun 23 2015

    Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 11 Month(s) in advance.

    Group Primitive

    Thu Jul 24 2014 - Tue Jun 23 2015

    Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 11 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Sun May 25 2014 Tue Sep 02 2014
    Non Peak Wed Sep 03 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
    Non Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Sun May 24 2015
    Peak Mon May 25 2015 Wed Sep 02 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Art & Museum
    • Artifact/Petroglyph View
    • BICYCLING
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating
    • Boating, Canoeing
    • Boating, Kayaking
    • Boating, Power
    • CULTURAL SITES / EXHIBITS
    • Cabins
    • Camping, Primitive
    • Canoeing
    • Dump Station, Camper
    • Field Sports/Activities
    • Fire Rings
    • First Aid Supplies
    • Fishing
    • Fishing, Park Lake
    • Fishing, River/Stream
    • Grills
    • Hiking
    • Hiking Trail
    • Historic Sites
    • Historic Structure/Feature
    • INTERPRETIVE EXHIBIT/DISPLAY
    • INTERPRETIVE TRAIL
    • Information/Contact station
    • Interpretive Center
    • Jogging/Running
    • Kiosk
    • LODGING, CABINS
    • Lifeguards (seasonal)
    • Meeting Space
    • Mountain/Trail Bicycling
    • Museum
    • Nature Center
    • Nature Study
    • Office/Ranger Station
    • Park Lake
    • Parking
    • Photography
    • Picnic Area
    • Picnic Tables
    • Picnicking
    • Playground
    • Programs, History
    • Programs, Nature
    • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
    • RETAIL, SEASONAL CONCESSIONS
    • Restrooms
    • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
    • River/Stream
    • SWIMMING-PARK LAKE
    • Scenic Driving Routes
    • Seasonal Festivals
    • Sightseeing
    • Stargazing
    • Sunbathing
    • TRAILS, HIKING, MODERATE
    • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
    • Trails, Mountain Bike
    • Walking
    • Water Access, Park Lake
    • Water Access, River/Stream
    • Water Drinking
    • Wildflower Viewing
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Within 10 Miles
    • Boat Ramp
    • CHURCH
    • Cash Machine/Atm
    • DINING
    • Dock, Boat
    • Dock, Fishing
    • Emergency Services
    • Fishing, Saltwater
    • Fruit/Produce Picking
    • Fuel, Vehicles
    • Grocery Store
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Medical Clinic
    • Motel
    • Newspapers
    • Orchard/Produce Farm
    • RETAIL, DRINKS
    • RETAIL, SUPPLIES
    • Rentals, Boats, Canoe
    • Rentals, Boats, Kayaks
    • Restaurant
    • Retail, Ice
    • Retail, snacks
    • Shopping
    • Town
    • Winery Tours
    Greater Than 10 Miles
    • Airport
    • Fuel, Boats
    • Hospital
    • Inlet/Sound
    • Ocean/Beach
    • Swimming - Ocean
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    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    Fees, Changes & Cancellations

    FEE INFORMATION
    If you make an advanced reservation, a non-refundable reservation fee of $9.25 will be charged.

    Your credit card will be charged at the time that the reservation is made. Please allow up to 24 hours to receive your confirmation email.

    Beginning January 1, 2014, if you make a walk-in registration at a park office, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged.

    CHANGES
    There is a $7.00 non-refundable reservation change fee required to make a change to any reservation.

    Changes must be made prior to your check in date. Changes can be made online (www.ReserveAmerica.com) or by calling 1-855-607-3075.

    Any changes made on the check in date are handled at the park office.

    It is recommended that you change rather than cancel and rebook a site, because the fees are less.

    Note: Reservations made 11 months in advance of the check in date must wait 16 days from the day the reservation was made before it can be changed.

    CANCELLATIONS
    The $9.25 reservation fee is non-refundable.

    All cancellations/changes to a reservation will incur a $7.00 cancellation transaction fee.

    Cancellations can be made online (www.ReserveAmerica.com) or by calling 1-855-607-3075.

    The cancellation policy for campsites is: $40NJ Resident/$50 Out of State Resident or a two night use fee (whichever is less) will be deducted from any refund due.

    The cancellation policy for all other overnight facilities (cabins, group cabins, shelters, lean-tos and yurts) depends on when the cancellation is made.

    • If you cancel seven days or less prior to your check in date, a one night use fee in addition to the $7.00 cancellation transaction fee, will be deducted from any refund due.
    • If you cancel eight days or more prior to your check in date, only the $7.00 cancellation transaction fee will be deducted.

    EARLY DEPARTURE POLICY
    The early departure policy for campsites is: If any portion of your stay is cancelled after check in: the total number of nights you occupied the site (based on check out time) in addition to $40 NJ Resident/$50 Out of State Resident or a two night use fee (whichever is less) will be deducted from any refund due.

    The early departure policy for all other overnight facilities (cabins, group cabins, shelters, lean-tos and yurts) is: If any portion of your stay is cancelled after check in: the total number of nights you occupied the site (based on check out time) in addition to a one night use fee will be deducted from any refund due.


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    May 25 2014 -
    Sep 02 2014
    Group Primitive $3.00-$5.00
    Family Camping $20.00-$25.00
    Cabin $55.00-$110.00
    ($525.00 Weekly**)
    Non Peak Season
    Sep 03 2014 -
    Dec 31 2014
    Group Primitive $3.00-$5.00
    Family Camping $20.00-$25.00
    Cabin $55.00-$110.00
    ($525.00 Weekly**)
    Non Peak Season
    Jan 01 2015 -
    May 24 2015
    Group Primitive $3.00-$5.00
    Family Camping $20.00-$25.00
    Cabin $55.00-$110.00
    ($525.00 Weekly**)
    Peak Season
    May 25 2015 -
    Sep 02 2015
    Group Primitive $3.00-$5.00
    Family Camping $20.00-$25.00
    Cabin $55.00-$110.00
    ($525.00 Weekly**)

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    39.64444, -74.64694
    39°38'40"N, 74°38'49"W

    Batsto Village is located on Route 542, eight miles east of Hammonton. Atsion is on Route 206, eight miles north of Hammonton.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    WHARTON STATE FOREST
    31 Batsto Rd
    Hammonton  NJ  08037

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (609)561-0024
    Additional Information
    Special Events

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

    • Held at the Historic Batsto Village every third Sunday in October. The Country living fair offers craft vendors, antique farm engines, and food vendors. from Aug 28 2012 to Dec 31 2050