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.
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.
Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean
and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided
throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
Open daily sunrise to sunset
Batsto Office Hours: Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Atsion Office: Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Batsto Village is the site of a former bog iron and glass making industrial center (1766 - 1867). 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. Watch the video "Batsto Stories in the Pines" (w/subtitles)
For more information about Batsto Village and tours of Batsto Mansion, call (609) 561-0024.
Visitors can also take a guided tour via their cell phone. Accompanied by a walking guide brochure, the cell phone tour highlights 18 historic sites and buildings in the village. Each pre-recorded message is approximately two to three minutes. Taking the cell phone tour is simple and free, except for the cost of the users’ cell phone minutes. Visitors dial the local, toll-free number, (609) 503-9377, and then enter the site number that they wish to hear. This project is supported and funded by the Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc., a volunteer group dedicated to preserving and promoting the site.
Historic Batsto Village Area satellite photo map (PDF 3,682 KB)
The Batsto Blacksmith Shop is now open for live demonstrations every Saturday through December 8th, 2012. Please contact the Batsto Visitor Center for additional details; (609) 561-0024
Basics of Blacksmithing class
Click to view Blacksmithing Video
Batsto Through the Years: A Teaching Resource (PDF 3.84 MB) was recently developed to help educators explain the importance of the New Jersey Pinelands and the lifestyles of the people who lived and worked there. It is the result of collaboration between the State Park Service and the Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc.
The 10 lessons included in the teaching resource are based on fourth grade Core Curriculum standards for Social Studies. Topics range from the environment and early Pinelands industry to daily life in the village. The suggested follow-up activities help students make connections between life in the 18th and 19th centuries and the present day. Critical thinking activities challenge students to examine their own community and evaluate how society deals with preservation of historic buildings and open spaces.
In conjunction with the manual, Batsto Village offers seasonal educational programs and interpreter-led tours. Age appropriate presentations and a “child friendly” museum greet our visitors. For schools unable to travel to Batsto Village, staff and volunteers also offer in-school presentations. For more information about Historic Batsto Village, contact the Batsto Village Visitor Center at (609) 561-0024.
Harrisville Village Video Podcast
Take a tour of historic Harrisville, the remains of a company town located in Wharton State Forest. Isolated deep in the Pinelands, Harrisville is a genuine ghost town from the late 1800's. Once a flourishing village, it was abandoned in 1891 after the driving force of the community, the great paper mill, went out of business.
Harrisville Village Video Podcast for iPhone/ iPod - 50.6MB
Courtesy of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Download and unzip this file and then add the video file to iTunes for your iPod or iPhone.
Key stops on this tour include:
- The Papermill & Artesian Well
- The Boarding House
- McCarty Mansion
- Workers Homes
- View of the Canal
- Howard Harris Mansion
- The Store
- The Gristmill
The Atsion Mansion was built in 1826 as a summer home for Samuel Richards. Richards, who a prominent ironmaster from Philadelphia, was the operator of the Atsion furnace along the Mullica River. After Richards died in 1842, the property was passed down through his heirs, and finally sold to another Philadelphia merchant, Maurice Raleigh. The Raleigh family was the last to use the mansion as a residence. When Joseph Wharton purchased the property in 1892, he used the mansion for packing and storage for his cranberry production. The state acquired the property in 1955.
Today the mansion appears as it was back in 1826. As such, it does not contain plumbing, electricity, or heat other than fireplaces. The home, unfurnished, is offered as an architectural tour, reflecting on the Greek Revival style of the building.
All tours are free, sign up at the Atsion Office or call (609) 268-0444.
Podcast about Atsion Village
Atsion Tour Map
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
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
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.
Swimming at Atsion
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. The Recreation Area is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 10 am to 6 pm.
PLEASE NOTE: During the summer months, the park and swimming area may close temporarily if we reach the maximum capacity for visitors. We advise you to call the park prior to your visit to check the status.
tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted
in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach.
Fees: Entrance fees are only charged from
Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
Link to the Related
New Jersey Resident $5.00
New Jersey Resident $10.00
New Jersey Resident $2.00
New Jersey Resident $5.00
For forms and information
on booking a campsite visit our:
The Department of Environmental Protection, State Park Service is pleased to announce through ReserveAmerica our new reservation system for all overnight facilities within the New Jersey State Parks and Forests. Reservations are now available online or through the ReserveAmerica call center.
Online reservations can be made 7 days per week/24 hours a day at ReserveAmerica. To make a reservation through the call center, please contact ReserveAmerica at 1-855-607-3075 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from April 1st through October 31st. Beginning November 1st through March 31st, hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
We anticipate our visitors will be pleased with our new streamlined reservation system as it provides greater flexibility in searching and reserving available overnight facilities.
Hawkins Bridge Campground Map (High resolution for printing purposes)
Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities with the exception of pet friendly campsites.
View Pet Friendly Campsites-Now taking reservations
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 October 31. Campsites open April
1 through October 31. New Jersey Residents: $20 per night;
Non-Residents: $25 per night.
Atsion Campground Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Atsion Campground Map (High resolution for printing purposes) File
Atsion Recreation Area satellite photo map (PDF file size 4,214 kb)
Godfrey Bridge: 34 tent
and trailer sites (21 feet or less), water, picnic tables,
fire rings, pit toilets. Please call ahead for campfire regulations.
Campsites open all year. New Jersey Residents: $3 per person/per night;
Non-Residents: $5 per person/per night.
Godfrey Bridge Campground Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Godfrey Bridge Campground Map (High resolution for printing purposes) File
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. New Jersey Residents: $3 per person, per night;
Non-Residents: $5 per person, per night. We highly recommend that group leaders carefully estimate their group size so not to over estimate as refunds cannot be made later.
Batona Campground (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Batona Campground (High resolution for printing purposes) File
Bodine Field camp area (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Bodine Field camp area (High resolution for printing purposes) File
Buttonwood Hill Campground (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Buttonwood Hill Campground (High resolution for printing purposes) File
Goshen Pond camp area (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Goshen Pond camp area (High resolution for printing purposes)
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Lower Forge camp area (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
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Mullica River camp area (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Mullica River camp area (High resolution for printing purposes)
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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.
From the Friday before Memorial Day through and including Labor Day, cabins must be reserved for seven or fourteen consecutive nights only. From April 1st to the Friday before Memorial Day and from the day after Labor Day through October 31st, cabins may be reserved for a minimum of two consecutive nights to a maximum of fourteen consecutive nights.
Four Person Cabin: New Jersey Residents: $55 per night; $385 per week;
Non-Residents: $65 per night; $455 per week
Six Person Cabin:New Jersey Residents: $75 per night; $525 per week;
Non-Residents: $85 per night; $595 per week
Eight Person Cabin:New Jersey Residents: $100 per night; $700 per week;
Non-Residents: $110 per night; $770 per week
Mullica River provides excellent boating
for electric motors, trailer launch, and cartop launch. Canoeing
can also be enjoyed on Mullica, Batsto, Wading and Oswego
Launching fees are charged on the Mullica River beginning on Memorial Day weekend and ending on Labor Day inclusive.
Launch Ramp Fees:
New Jersey Resident $12.00 per Launch.
Non-Resident $20.00 per Launch.
New Jersey Resident $60.00
View the State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2012-2013
Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.
Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc.
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