Wharton State Forest Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."