Wharton State Forest

3.56 out of 5
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↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 3,100 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Awesome, hard, fast, singletrack. you rip through the flat pines of nj and get alot of speed, these trails are well taken care of and offer alot of great scenery. some small climbs and quick descents, not very technical at all so even beginners can have a lot of fun, all the trails are multipurpose so be careful of other users, althogh in the spring and fall this place is like a ghosttown, have fun!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Where is a good place to park -Guest

A: If you can find the Batsto area of the forest that everyone is talking about there is plenty of parking. They charge $5 in season but well worth it for hours of fun and fitness!

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Reviews (34)


February 26, 2019
Review: When the weather is crap and you don't want to ruin your local trails - head out to Batsto Trails at Wharton State Forest in Hammonton New Jersey. These trails are hard packed sand and are the perfect way to get in a good workout as there is virtually no elevation change, but you are almost never coasting - so it's a slow burn. Speakign of burn- there was a terrible forest fire here this past summer, but luckily they got it under control. The only thing technical you'll find back here is tight turns and tree squeezes. These trees get even the best of us! There are two main loops to choose from 9 miles or 19 miles, and once you commit- you're stuck. there are no off chutes or other ways back to the lot. There are heated bathrooms and a visitors center here where you can check out the historical Batsto tours.


February 15, 2018
rmap01 Doubletrack  
Review: Trails were reopened in Oct 2017. The trails are located in the Pinelands of NJ and are very beginner friendly. The main trail is an 18 m loop on flat terrain winding through the pinelands forest. While you can really push the pace on this trail it is very narrow in sections and has plenty of tight twisty areas where you can easily clip your bars on a tree at speed if you are not careful. From late spring through summer the trail can get badly overgrown and you've got to be very careful about ticks and other bugs. The trails can also be a bit sandy in the summer as well. But because of the sandy base the trail drains really well after rain. Best riding conditions in the winter.

World Champ

August 14, 2017
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: As of 7/31/17 all bike trails in this area are CLOSED due to a "Forest Fire Advisory." Check this website for trail status: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html

Granny Gear

August 13, 2017
Review: I think I reiterate what many have said here already, and thank you to the folks who already posted, since these posts led me to chose this trail while passing through your state. I made the mistake of parking at the Atsion area with the goal of linking up to the orange trail that originates at Batsto. The sandy roads and unnamed trails are not that great as people have written here. But the 19 mile orange trail is a ton of fun! It is a packed single track bike trail, narrow in many spots, pretty flat and twisty so lots of fun. Pretty easy with nothing really technical except for the turns and some logs. Great for a beginner but a seasoned rider could blast through it and leave there exhausted as well. If you are training for a hilly technical event, you won't want to do all of your riding here. If you are looking to just lose yourself in the woods and crank out some miles, this is a good place. I didn't see anyone mention but the Batsto area does charge $5 to park in season. Definitely ride from Batsto and nowhere else, or you are likely to get bogged down in sand or overgrown brush and get frustrated like several posters here. Stick to the marked BIKE trails like the 19 mile orange one. Be careful crossing the fire roads. The trail is for bikers but motorbikes can use some of the dirt roads this trail crosses. And beware, like anywhere, of riders going in the opposite direction. The trail is very narrow and winds a lot, so keep your head up.


August 8, 2017
Review: I rode the full orange trail counter clockwise. If you enjoy smashing your knuckles against trees constantly and bushwhacking pine trees for more than half of the ride, this place is for you. Horribly overgrown, with lots of sand in the beginning and end of the trail. Almost no elevation to speak of as well. The only real enjoyable section was the burned down forest, where the trail is actually somewhat clear of bushes. Wait till winter or you'll have a sad time here.


July 10, 2017
jedifoster Trailblazer  
Review: Best trails around for a long uninterrupted ride in SJ, in the winter when it isn't overgrown. In the height of the summer it gets too closed off to be much fun (not to mention the ticks).

Granny Gear

March 28, 2017
Review: Great place to ride after a rain. very fast and flat. trail surface drains exceptionally well. there's an opportunity to log a lot of miles here by combining the loops, the only problem is that there's no elevation or technical riding so it gets pretty repetitive 20 miles in. I live in Philly and Batsto is a good option when most other trails are unrideable. I wouldn't make the trip if conditions elsewhere are rideable (if I'm gonna drive an hour, I'll go to white clay, Valley Forge, Nox, or Marsh Creek before here).


January 29, 2017
zmodica Gnarly  
Review: yo..you know how you meet someone and have a great time with them and then all you think about i the next time you get to be with them all the stuff youre going to do to them? thats this place. rode here this morning and loved it. tight curvey switchback singletrack cut into a scenic forest. i did green to blue trails because i didnt have time to do the whole orange trail, but ill be back there asap to ride orange...pack extar water and a powerbar, youre going to be here for a long ride

Granny Gear

August 21, 2016
Sean Walsh Granny Gear  
Review: Some parts of the trail aren't marked very well. A little sandy and a bit overgrown. Some parts of the trail are only about 1-2 feet wide so it's easy to get hit by sticker bushes.

Granny Gear

July 5, 2016
bmlcpa Granny Gear  
Review: Don't know why they call this a beginner trail. It's tight, twisty and long. 18 miles of anything will kick your butt! Note that the 30 miles is a combination of several trails, with 18 mile loop the longest. It is overgrown during the Summer with lots of ticks (found another one this morning). The trail is clearly marked and is a pretty fun ride. I will wait for the fall to try this one again though.

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