Ventnor City, NJ is a good base camp for exploring Wharton State Forest only about 20 miles northwest of Ventnor. This forest in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey occupies 110,000 acres, has more than 500 miles of well maintained unpaved roads thatís perfect for scenic rides, mountain biking, and giving easy access for exploring a true wilderness.
A drive through Whartonís endless dirt roads is a great family adventure with many lakes, rivers and open fields found for wildlife observation. An alert visitor might see bald eagles, hawks, great blue herons, beavers, otters, fox and deer. Within the forest are two villages, Batsto and Atsion both dating back to Colonial days there are also numerous picnic areas along the rivers and spots for swimming and canoeing.
When vacationing in Ventnor plan a day trip to this wonderful natural resource only 30 minutes away.
Directions to Wharton State Forest from Ventnor City, New Jersey
From Ventnor start out going Northeast on Ventnor Ave toward Albany Ave.
Turn Left on Albany Ave travel 2.7 miles to the on ramp of the A.C. Expressway
Travel on expressway 4 miles enter Garden State Parkway North
Travel 13 miles on Parkway take exit 50 toward New Gretna/Batsto
Turn Left on CR-542 Hammonton Rd
Enter Wharton State Forest