Wharton State Forest
- Wharton State Forest is a massive chunk of land in the south Jersey Pine Barrens which covers 122,463 acres, the largest tract of land within the New Jersey State Park system. While there is not a lot of elevation in this park, there is a lot of Singletrack and a surprising lack of Sand.
39.63771, -74.647121 Batsto Village Directions This is the main parking area for access to all trails. Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. There is a visitor's center with bathrooms at this location.
Details and Info
- Miles: 30+ mile trail network
- Difficulty: Intermediate (based on the main 18 mile loop not terrain)
- Trails: Singletrack, Bridle Trails, Fire Road
- Surface: Sand, Dirt (hardpack, clay, mud)
- Obstacles: Water Crossing, Trail Obstacles
- Special Features: Bridges
- Detailed Overview:
- Park Website: NJ DEP
Trail Name Blaze Distance Description Fire Tower Trail Green 6 miles Beginner trail Penn Branch Trail Orange 19 miles The Big Kahuna, 19 miles o' trail Huckleberry Trail Blue 3 miles Fun & swoopy Oak Hill Trail White 2 miles Another north/south option Teaberry Trail Red .75 miles Connector between Oak Hill & Huckleberry
- Philly Girls Ride GPS courtesy of rider skiphreaknj. This double loop begins at Batsto Village. The smaller loop (Huckleberry/Blue) is approximately 8 miles while the larger loop (Penn Trail/Orange) is about 19 miles. Loops can be ridden in either direction.
- Big Wharton Loop GPS courtesy of rider cms08753. This monster loop starts at the Atsion Lot located on Route 206 and links to the trails over near Batsto.
- It is very similar to Allaire. The place is almost totally flat. The vegetation is pine trees and low-growing shrubbery. The orange trail is nearly entirely single-track. It was marked just enough that you could follow it. Basically, you just followed the trail. When it came to a dirt road or other type of intersection, there were markers to guide you across. In a few cases I had to look around but managed to find the trail marker within a moment.
- The surface of the trail is dead leaves and pine needles. There is nothing technical other than a few downed trees that you could ride around in some cases. I did not see one rock (literally). The trail is beginner, hard-tail, and single-speed friendly. For more advanced riders, just go faster.
- By the end, I was really looking for some variation. It was just endless turning and twisting through the trees. Some areas were more densely wooded than others which made the trail more challenging if riding fast. There was one area, about 3/4 through the loop, where I found myself going up a gentle switch-back rise. It was about 1.5-2 minutes of climbing and maybe 50' in elev. change. In other words, the park is crazy flat.
- While it is easy enough for beginners, it may be too big of a loop. Beginner riders may not be up for the entire 17-18 miles. Once you are out there, your choices are to keep going ahead or turn around and go back.
Discussion, Events, and JORBA
- Forum: MTBNJ discussion on Wharton
Bike Shop(s) and Good Eats
- Pro Pedals Bike Shop
- 682 South White Horse Pike
- Hammonton, NJ 08037
- Eats Near Wharton/Basto
- At the intersection of Route 206 and Route 30 in Hammonton, there is a variety of food selections.
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