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Wharton State Forest Trails Status

all recreational trails along the Mullica and Batsto Rivers between Atsion and Batsto Village suffered significant damage.

As you probably have heard, Wharton State Forest was severely impacted by a wildfire that was started by an illegal campfire set along the Mullica River near the end of June.

As a result, all recreational trails along the Mullica and Batsto Rivers between Atsion and Batsto Village suffered significant damage.


In addition, this week a small wildfire occurred east of Batsto Village impacting hiking trails in that area.

While nature has been busy recovering from the fire as is evidenced by vegetation coming up from the blackened earth and sprouting from scorched tree trunks and branches, State Park Service staff and volunteers have been busy as well repairing the fire damage to the trails.

While you might find scorched or melted trail markings, an occasional tree across a trail and perhaps a little lingering smoke, hazards have been addressed and nearly everything is open for recreation.


While hazards are being removed along the trails, please be vigilant while recreating as trees and branches weakened by the fire might still fall without warning — especially during times of strong wind.

Hiking Trails
Open with the exception of the Batona Trail near Bulltown which will reopen on July 18.

Mountain Bike Trails
Open

Mullica River
Open

Batsto River
Open

Mullica River Camp
Open

Photo courtesy: NJ Parks & Forestry.

Until everything reopens, stay safe and stay out of closed areas.

Visit njparksandforests.org for information about Wharton State Forest.