Wharton State Forest: Batsto Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide
"White sand, oaks, cedars, and towering pitch pines make this a delightful hike. The trail is very narrow with greenbrier as well as ticks in some areas, so it’s best to wear long sleeves and light-colored long pants with socks pulled over the cuffs. Summer is a busy time, so consider visiting during the offseason if you want to avoid the crowds.
When you’re finished hiking, explore historic Batsto Village, site of a former bog-iron and glassmaking industrial center from 1766 to 1867. Batsto is believed to have been derived from the Swedish word Batstu for “bathing place.” According to park officials, it is believed that the Lenni-Lenape Indians borrowed the term “because old deeds of the area mention an ‘Indian Batstu.’” The village is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. Batsto, as well as Wharton State Forest, are part of the Pinelands National Reserve. The reserve, established by Congress in 1978 to protect the unique natural and cultural resources found in the Pinelands, was the first of its kind in the nation."