Wharton State Forest NJ
Check in at Atsion Ranger Station across from lake.
For detailed site description, pics of sites and hanging options, check this thresd:
Group sites A,B,C all have trees for hanging several to many hammocks at once.
Group site A is close to the water pump. Lot's of sun and open space.
Group site B has a privy and is across the small parking lot from the water pump and has more shade than Group site A.
Group site C has a a privy and the most shade of all the group sites. Many hang friendly trees. A short walk to the water pump.
All of the group sites are on the other side of the dirt road from the pond/Mullica River.
Paddling downstream will get you into Atsion lake, a small portage over route 206 and you are off on a paddle towards the Mullica River Camp Site. (Hike in, paddle in site only)
Goshen Pond is loaded with wildlife, plenty of bird song morning and evening and the frog serenade later in the night.
4x4 owners will use the road through camp to access the Pines so it is not unusual to have headlights come through late at night. Generally they are respectful. Some increase is seen after the local high school is done class for the summer.
If you visit on the weekends, expect to hear the roar of the drag races at Atco Dragstrip on a Saturday night or during events. This should not be confused, but could be at times, with the artillery practice from the Joint Base ranges scattered throughout the Pines. During the week, generally things are pretty quiet, except for the frogs.
Nearby attractions are Batsto Historical Village and Atsion Mansion with regularly scheduled tours including a swamp flower tour.
Local South Jersey flavor may be found at "the Pic"' Pic A Lilli Inn in Shamong in rt 206 not far from Atsion. Nixon's General Store in downtown Tabernacle also has good take out eats.
There are lots of old ghost towns in the Pine Barrens, abandoned furnaces, remnants of the once thriving bog iron and glass industries. Some of the oldest roads from the seaport of Tuckerton to Philadelphia are still the dirt rosds they used to be exisiting as fire roads and hunter's highways today.