Campgrounds, cabins and remote camping sites can be found throughout the Pine Barrens. Plan your next camping excursion under the stars -- but watch out for the Jersey Devil!
[+ ZOOM] Several great camping sites are located throughout the Pine Barrens. Jessica Kizzman
Canoe camping is great fun and provides campers with an exciting opportunity to canoe to their campsites. Two of the most popular sites in Wharton State Forest include the Lower Forge camp site on the Batsto River and the Mullica River campsite on the Mullica River. Both sites are access either by foot or by canoe or kayak.
Lower Forge Wilderness Camp Via Canoe or Kayak
This campsite is accessed either by paddling upstream from Quaker Bridge or downstream from the Hampton Furnace on the Batsto River. If going from Quaker Bridge via canoe or kayak, the paddle will take about an hour depending on skill level. If paddling from Hampton Furnace put-in, it will take about 3 hours depending on skill level. Please note, paddlers will likely encounter obstacles such as trees across the river paddling from Hampton Furnace, so know your skill level and willingness to portage over or around obstacles. For many, this type of paddling in a wilderness area is part of the adventure; for others it's an unecessary inconvenience.
Link to Pinelands Adventures to learn more about camping and canoeing on the Batsto River.
Mullica River Camp via Canoe or Kayak
The Mullica River camp can be reached by canoe or kayak from Atsion. It is about a 2 hour paddle depending on skills and water levels.
Link to Pinelands Adventures to learn more about camping and canoeing on the Mullic River and camping at the Mullica River campsite.
Reservations for camp sites must be made directly with Wharton State Forest. See link immediately below.
Click on the links below for more information about camping in State Parks:
Bass River State Forest
Belleplain State Forest
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
Parvin State Park
Wharton State Forest