Wharton State Forest lies in the heart of the Pine Barrens. Its 114,000 acres encompass typical pineland habitat, long stretches of trails, three rivers, many streams, two Natural Areas, and all the hiking you and your dog could want among the pines.
This hike, although relatively minute, takes you along a river, through oak–pine woods, over a great dam by a beautiful lake, and through a historic village. There is a lot for Fido to see in this popular end of the forest. Batsto began life in 1766 as both a bog iron and window glass company town, changing to agriculture and forest products in the late 1800s.
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