Wharton State Forest Batsto Lake Trail

Hammonton, New Jersey

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hammonton
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day Hike
Season: Dawn to dusk
Local Contacts: Batsto Village c/o Wharton State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Wharton State Forest: Batsto Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2010
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This trail can be done in lengths from 1, 1.8, and 4 miles. My wife and I completed the 4 mile trail easily in about 2 hours or so. We saw various animals and even a couple of deer during this hike along the lake with the first half being pretty scenic and the second half mostly being wooded trail. There is parking ($5) and maps available at the Batsto Village Visitor Center where the trail begins and ends.



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