Wharton State Forest

Hammonton, New Jersey 8037

Wharton State Forest

Wharton State Forest Professional Review and Guide

"Wharton State Forest's 110,000 acres form the largest single tract of land in the New Jersey State Park System, but Wharton is part of a much larger system, one that stretches over one million acres in southern and central New Jersey, an area know as the Pine Barrens. Swedish emigrants gave the region its misleading name because it wouldn't support familiar crops, but the Pine Barrens are far from barren. Within this lengthy ecological belt are 850 plant species and over 350 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

Amidst this diversity are rare, and in some cases threatened, plants and animals, such as the curly grass fern, the broom crowberry, the timber rattlesnake, and the Pine Barrens tree frog. The ecological value of the Pinelands prompted Congress in 1978 to create the New Jersey Pineland Reserve--America's first national Reserve. In 1983 the United Nations acknowledged the Pinelands global significance by designating it an International Biosphere Reserve. Terrain: Doubletrack and soft, sandy roads."

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"Wharton State Forest is the largest single tract of land in the New Jersey park system. The 115,000 acres of the park contain over 500 miles of hiking trails and unpaved roads to explore.

Although known for its large pinelands, this area has a very diverse and unique set of flora and fauna that can take years to fully appreciate. This ride will take you on one of the better mountain biking trails in the park and introduce you to the beauty of this area."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
322 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
1.5 hours
40 feet
Trailhead Elevation
100 feet
Top Elevation
Wharton State Forest Park, 609-561-0024
Local Contacts
Wharton State Forest, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - available at the park office.
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Oct 2018