The Allure of Wharton State Forest
Wharton State Forest is not only the biggest park in New Jersey, but it's the home of the Pine Barrens, a spectacular forest which envelops the surrounding countryside. The forest attracts visitors looking to indulge in a variety activities on offer. Whether it's fishing, camping, or relaxing in any of the Wharton State Forest cabins, there is something for everyone.
Best Hiking Trails in Wharton State Forest
Wharton State Forest Park offers some of the best hiking opportunities in New Jersey. There are miles of easy and well-marked trails available with the option to join other trails if one doesn't satisfy avid hikers.
This trail follows the Mullica River with abandoned buildings and a church which are good for exploring. The winding trail will take you through the sweet-smelling pines and past lakes and fields in some of the most beautiful parts of the Barrens.
A scenic hike along Batsto Lake and the opportunity to visit the historical village of Batsto. This trail is easy to follow and shaded from the sun, although it gets hilly in some parts, it should prove no problem for beginners.
Leave your Wharton State Forest hotels and pick up the Batona Trail and hike the eight miles from the Carranza Monument to Apple Pie Hill for panoramic vistas of the Pine Barrens. A seemingly endless forest of pines, this trail is an easy hike through some of the most picturesque countryside in the state.
Best Family Activities in Wharton State Forest
Every year, families come to Wharton State Forest to take time away from their busy lives. With lots of activities to choose from, there's plenty to keep everyone happy and it's guaranteed to take all your cares away.
Shrouded by the morning mist, the trip from Old Mullica Camp to Pleasant Mills makes for a relaxing meander through winding waterways. At the end of the day, you'll return to your Wharton State Forest cabins or, for the more adventurous, spend the night camping in the middle of the woods.
You and your shaggy Icelandic pony will pass through rural villages, follow streams, and cross bridges. The horses even get to take a welcome dip in a pond to cool off. It's an exciting way to spend time in nature with the chance to see the local wildlife.
It's best to do this during spring and fall because the trails are emptier, so you'll have more room to pick up speed and feel the wind in your hair. Exhilarating fun for all the family through fabulous scenery with small inclines and rapid descents.
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