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silentorpheus
04-29-2013, 21:21
Now that the NJ Pine Barrens have decided to move to their new reservation system, and divide all the previously freeform wilderness camps into defined sites - it's going to be difficult for a little while to know which sites have enough trees to hang. And especially which sites have enough trees for multiple people to hang. :scared:

Since SilvrSurfr and I hung at Lower Forge this past weekend, by the time we left on Sunday no one else was around - so we took stock of which sites were best. I figured I'd start a thread where we can let everyone know which sites are good, and which sites just won't work, as we have a chance to check them out.

I think the easiest thing to do would be to reply, and make the title of your reply the name of the campground. Let's give it a try, shall we?


Mods, if this isn't the best place to put this, please feel free to move

SilvrSurfr
04-29-2013, 21:31
Well, for Lower Forge, we know that 4, 5 & 6 are okay for hammock camping and seven is marginal. Is that your understanding?

silentorpheus
04-29-2013, 21:33
Stayed at Lower Forge 4-27-13

Sites 1, 2, and 3 are wide open group sites. Site 1 is closer to the latrine, 2 is right in the middle of the open area, and three is over closer to the water. No real trees at any of them to speak of. You might be able to scrape together enough trees to hang by yourself ... but I wouldn't even count on that.

Site 4 and 5 are the best options. Plenty of trees at each for multiple people. I don't know which I'd say was better of the two - but either one would be fine. And if you're going with a group of people, get them both if you can, and you'll have your pick of the best hanging Lower Forge has to offer.

Site 6 and 7 both have a few options. We stayed at site 7 and if the guys we met that were staying at 6 (who also coincidentally had a hammock) hadn't offered to let us set up a little bit into their site, we wouldn't have really had enough trees for the three of us. Site 6 has one good set of trees, site 7 has two decent sets of trees (though make sure you don't have really short whoopies) and there's a pair of trees that sort of span the two sites.

Sites 8 and 9 are again more open, and lacking in trees. You might be able to find somewhere to hang here - though you'd have to be edging into the woods a bit. Not really and pairs of trees of the right distance in the sites themselves.


So to sum up, sites 4-7 are hammock friendly. But aim for 4 and 5 if you can.

Deadphans
04-30-2013, 17:51
Excellent thread. Subscribed. I wish I had paid more attention when I was there. But it looked like Batona had plenty of trees.

Batona Camp

Campsite 10 with trees for hanging. Theres a set of trees that can handle smaller straps but its a bit tight. I hung from perfect sized trees approximately 15 feet apart. There were more. Again, next time I will be more aware and take mental notes for us.

silentorpheus
04-30-2013, 18:29
Excellent thread. Subscribed. I wish I had paid more attention when I was there. But it looked like Batona had plenty of trees.

Batona Camp

Campsite 10 with trees for hanging. Theres a set of trees that can handle smaller straps but its a bit tight. I hung from perfect sized trees approximately 15 feet apart. There were more. Again, next time I will be more aware and take mental notes for us.

I wouldn't worry too much. Batona Camp is pretty well stocked with trees at most of the sites. If I remember correctly even the group site has at least one set of trees.

But we'll take a look next time anyone stays there. Maybe we can even get pictures :)

kayak karl
05-13-2013, 18:56
at buttonhill camp:
#5 great 4-5 hammocks
#4 good 3-4 hammocks
#3 OK 2 hammocks
#1&#2 hard to hang 1 hammock and not be over fire pit.

i'm here now in site #4. Stop by :)

silentorpheus
05-14-2013, 08:48
at buttonhill camp:
#5 great 4-5 hammocks
#4 good 3-4 hammocks
#3 OK 2 hammocks
#1 hard to hang 1 hammock and not be over fire pit.

i'm here now in site #4. Stop by :)

Thanks for the intel, Karl. :thumbup1:

jerzybears
05-14-2013, 16:02
Ugh..organized sites!! What were they thinking???:(

kayak karl
05-15-2013, 19:56
Ugh..organized sites!! What were they thinking???:(
stinks of Trenton, don't it :D

natureboy68
05-19-2013, 11:32
Found this in backpacker mag for an overnight, start at batso, camp in lower forge, end at apple pie tower...
http://www.backpacker.com/2012-june-rip-go-east-wharton-state-forest/destinations/16627

Was thinking of doing this trip in the summer, when I can go during the week (less crowds, more bugs!) any ideas for taxis or shuttles to get back to my car? Or do any of you jersey devils know of good loop hikes in the Batona area??

SilvrSurfr
05-19-2013, 12:37
Found this in backpacker mag for an overnight, start at batso, camp in lower forge, end at apple pie tower...
http://www.backpacker.com/2012-june-rip-go-east-wharton-state-forest/destinations/16627

Was thinking of doing this trip in the summer, when I can go during the week (less crowds, more bugs!) any ideas for taxis or shuttles to get back to my car? Or do any of you jersey devils know of good loop hikes in the Batona area??

That's a pretty stupid trip, if you ask me. I don't know of any shuttles, and taking a taxi 30 to 45 minutes back to your car sounds prohibitively expensive. The Batona Trail, however, does not have any loops so I usually do out-and-back trips. Batsto to Lower Forge, then coming back you can take the crossover at Quaker Bridge (blue line) to Mullica River trail (yellow) and head back to Batsto.

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/docs/batona14web.pdf

Add some mileage by starting at Buttonwood Hills rather than Batsto, then pick up your camping permit at Batsto.

natureboy68
05-19-2013, 16:19
Thanks for the ideas!! Sorry to go OT...

kayak karl
05-19-2013, 17:01
Found this in backpacker mag for an overnight, start at batso, camp in lower forge, end at apple pie tower...
http://www.backpacker.com/2012-june-rip-go-east-wharton-state-forest/destinations/16627

Was thinking of doing this trip in the summer, when I can go during the week (less crowds, more bugs!) any ideas for taxis or shuttles to get back to my car? Or do any of you jersey devils know of good loop hikes in the Batona area??
these are the guys that used my map. http://www.backpacker.com/destinations/hikes/1441561 they gave me credit :)
here is more maps of the trail https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?p=437505#poststop

stalker42
05-19-2013, 20:11
Anyone in the know, know about Atsion specifically site 10? I will be down there with the family and I want to hang while they sleep pitifully on the ground.

kayak karl
05-21-2013, 20:06
If you were to want a group at Bass River I would suggest # 11, 12, 13, 62, 64, 65. Would give you pavilion, water, shower, over flow parking, path to lake and trees for all 24 people plus. Im hanging in site 12 now and tomorrow. Stop on out :)

kayak karl
05-23-2013, 19:15
all site are good to hang individually. also ALL their pet sites are good to hang as the back up to woods.

njredneck
06-10-2013, 19:12
Sites 2,4 good for multiple hammocks. Site 3 was able to hang 2 under 1 tarp but was crowding site 4.

Ratdog
06-11-2013, 13:39
Had to test drive my sister's Jeep (tranny issues) and stopped by Goshen Pond, scouted around and took some pics.

Goshen Pond Campground, Wharton State Forest NJ
Map - http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wsf-goshen-map.html

Atsion Road across from DeLuca's

http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_7829a40c4a8a128a6cca987eaa48991e.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=7829a40c4a8a128a6cca987eaa48991e.jpg)

http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_eefc0dc375b39445e04afc88bf03fc88.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=eefc0dc375b39445e04afc88bf03fc88.jpg)

16 is the best for hanging several hammocks and it is at the edge of the campground.
It is one of 2 drive in sites, the others you park in the lot.(very short walk)
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_a638e2b0c4e3dd60c8f785ac4887b1db.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=a638e2b0c4e3dd60c8f785ac4887b1db.jpg)

15 is ok for 2 hammocks
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_4be783aed43b7691f8b0a9b2cec5a04c.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=4be783aed43b7691f8b0a9b2cec5a04c.jpg)

After that, only a couple of sites would be hangable, and that is and so-so hang with your hammock being next to or actually over the fire ring. :(

Ratdog
06-11-2013, 13:43
Site 1 has a few trees but you'll have to be creative.
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_b76d3419506a636f7f86382e3584a0bf.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=b76d3419506a636f7f86382e3584a0bf.jpg)

Site 2 is ok for 1 hammock, the 2nd would be hanging over some shrubs...likely tick infested shrubs.
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_d6c9b031d4109effee52d18c42448174.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=d6c9b031d4109effee52d18c42448174.jpg)

Site 3
A little iffy for even 1 hammock
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_541b93daa67273578d76b78d4fa50f3a.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=541b93daa67273578d76b78d4fa50f3a.jpg)

Ratdog
06-11-2013, 13:47
Site 4 - no
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_fbaee64ce31c85cc5144bc0e6a9ade69.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=fbaee64ce31c85cc5144bc0e6a9ade69.jpg)

Site 5 - trees but you'd be in the bushes
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_e923e611a54d67986e2e7b62a3fdedb3.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=e923e611a54d67986e2e7b62a3fdedb3.jpg)

Site 6 - nice and open tough to hang even one hammock

http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_b468bb99128cf7e811dec5e8e4674339.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=b468bb99128cf7e811dec5e8e4674339.jpg)

Site 7 - another over the fire hang
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_970037877bd1c21c84fa252e0b8e260c.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=970037877bd1c21c84fa252e0b8e260c.jpg)

Site 8 - maybe 1 hammock, right along the fence
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_465f283d48c63edf71dbc752082ada33.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=465f283d48c63edf71dbc752082ada33.jpg)

Ratdog
06-11-2013, 13:54
Site 9 - nice open site but you'd probably encroach on another site to use a tree
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_f78addc374c236fd4ce47413d6aae531.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=f78addc374c236fd4ce47413d6aae531.jpg)

Site 10 don't think you can make it work
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_edc4b5921f036c3114a66ae46e06e91c.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=edc4b5921f036c3114a66ae46e06e91c.jpg)

Site 11 - nope
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_4e41298f211783fdc17a8b35e0174f12.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=4e41298f211783fdc17a8b35e0174f12.jpg)

Site 12 - nope
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_1a39c8fec1524216920a64494ca9f0cc.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=1a39c8fec1524216920a64494ca9f0cc.jpg)

Site 13 - nope
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_02914064accec8067d63982ecefa1e56.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=02914064accec8067d63982ecefa1e56.jpg)

Site 14 - not sure, didn't get the post in the pic, I think this is it, definite maybe
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_631979e46e3b67bfc53ccee2e0473d58.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=631979e46e3b67bfc53ccee2e0473d58.jpg)

Ratdog
06-11-2013, 14:03
I did not check the "family campground" at Atsion because that place is always slammed just like Godfrey's Bridge or Bodine Field.

Talking to Claire today down at Atsion, Bodine Field is max'd out this weekend, that's 250 campers, ugh.

They are stressing that Lower Forge is a walk in, yes people park close in that lot, but technically you can be towed or potentially vandalized.

Will try to get out to a few more of the Pinebarrens campgrounds in the coming weeks. Was surprised, disappointed at sites had any real shade and hanging trees. We definitely need to scout these up. Great thread idea, thanks.

Ratdog
06-15-2013, 15:15
EDIT
Wharton State Forst, Goshen Pond

Group Campsite C has many trees good for hanging.
We have 3 hammocks in site 15, could probably squeeze in 1 or 2 more.

silentorpheus
06-15-2013, 15:24
Group Campsite C has many trees good for hanging.
We have 3 hammocks in site 15, could probably squeeze in 1 or 2 more.

Which Camp?

Ratdog
06-16-2013, 12:08
Wharton State Forest NJ
Goshen Pond
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wsf-goshen-map.html
Check in at Atsion Ranger Station across from lake.

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.

Deadphans
06-19-2013, 17:44
Hey you guys stop reserving all the good hanging sites! LOL! I just checked the Goshen Pond campground and all the good hanging sites are reserved. (for this coming weekend) LOL! Thats good though, good to see you all getting out! Now where to squeeze my butt?

Ratdog, and other contributors. Thank you very much for this invaluable post!

I was talking to my friends, making plans, and had decided on Goshen Pond Site 11 or 13. But now I see there are no trees its not looking so favorable !

stalker42
06-19-2013, 18:01
I will be at Atsion July 4th weekend. Woot

Ratdog
06-19-2013, 18:16
Take a group site.

I was staying clear of them but I saw a couple singles in them last weekend so...I guess all is fair.

I'm gonna camp during the week.

And if I ever snag a good site, like 16 or group C, other are always welcome.

Group B is open, snag it.

Deadphans
06-25-2013, 16:33
Just updating, Goshen Pond 12 is suitable for hanging. I moved over some of the thorns (with many pricks, but I was determined) that were hiding the wonderful tree. There is a hanging spot in the back corner near the fire ring.

Ratdog
06-27-2013, 12:17
Just updating, Goshen Pond 12 is suitable for hanging. I moved over some of the thorns (with many pricks, but I was determined) that were hiding the wonderful tree. There is a hanging spot in the back corner near the fire ring.

There were a couple sites where you could hang over the shrubs, just not optimal.

"Clearing", strictly speaking, isn't allowed but for sure I have hung right on the edge and encroached somewhat.

Ratdog
06-27-2013, 12:21
Brendan Byrne Forest, Brendan Byrne Campsites
Campsites divided into 4 sections

Yurts

Campsites 1-12 near showers/bathroom, primitive, have picnic tables and fire rings

Sites 1-7 all hangable, some on the edge.
They are all along old Glassworks road but it is very lightly travelled by locals.

Sites 8-11 are inside of the loop w/ larger trees that are further apart, probably not going to work for hanging or at best, you will be off in the grass (ticks) to find suitable trees.
Not recommended

Site 12 is by itself and hangable.

Ratdog
06-27-2013, 12:22
The Yurts are on mostly an open field but there are numerous trees that would support hanging.

Ratdog
06-27-2013, 12:31
Sites 33-82 are ALL hangable.

The low 30's and low 80's sites are all near the Sawmill Bldg and playground.
60's and 70's are on the U of the loop and offer a little more seclusion.

These sites have picnic tables as well as fire rings.
They are also used by RV campers.
Currently 2 sites are in use.

Ratdog
06-27-2013, 12:31
Don't know if the cabins at Pakim Pond are open.

I took pics, will post later.

Ratdog
06-28-2013, 11:55
Brendan Byrne State Forest NJ (formerly Lebanon State Forest)
Brendan Byrne Campsite

Sites 1-12 short hike from Pakim Pond, across paved road from Yurt sites
Bathrooms close by

Site 1
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_0f63d6d9ab200cc66f7f002a63308fdb.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=0f63d6d9ab200cc66f7f002a63308fdb.jpg)

Site 2
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_f4bebbe658b65afe1c7a54293d4ff25a.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=f4bebbe658b65afe1c7a54293d4ff25a.jpg)

Site 3
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_72ec5f955b6c59d16d7040dc06db5798.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=72ec5f955b6c59d16d7040dc06db5798.jpg)

http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_544431cb279b7cdbb18b3f27652a3a73.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=544431cb279b7cdbb18b3f27652a3a73.jpg)

Site 4
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_8fe104d1692dbd3c968593b9f8c1b434.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=8fe104d1692dbd3c968593b9f8c1b434.jpg)

Site 5
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_92306ee5ee7dd867d43b0e2fb567888f.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=92306ee5ee7dd867d43b0e2fb567888f.jpg)

Site 6
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_b590192f68695456c6f8be9ef16342ed.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=b590192f68695456c6f8be9ef16342ed.jpg)

Site 7
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_3fb5995253614192112fa4f622ae9a51.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=3fb5995253614192112fa4f622ae9a51.jpg)

Site 8
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_a186a29506b2bbdd08b01ae6468db1a3.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=a186a29506b2bbdd08b01ae6468db1a3.jpg)

Site 9
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_3774a4f53001c8ed37adadad5fc9fbbf.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=3774a4f53001c8ed37adadad5fc9fbbf.jpg)

Site 10
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_2adddb354e0a612186c8de442ae672e0.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=2adddb354e0a612186c8de442ae672e0.jpg)

Site 11
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_384e83f68ed1bb7da4e715039b6806a9.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=384e83f68ed1bb7da4e715039b6806a9.jpg)

Site 12
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_9373aaad34dfb8fb843ae1341f1d7fe6.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=9373aaad34dfb8fb843ae1341f1d7fe6.jpg)

Bathrooms for Site 1-12 plus Yurts
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_0543548b4d0188e6abe50df065e72a8e.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=0543548b4d0188e6abe50df065e72a8e.jpg)

Ratdog
06-28-2013, 12:09
Site 33-82
All hangable

Buffered by some trees, a little more removed from the paved road than sites 1-12.
Separate Bathroom building, used to have a General Store in the old Sawmill Bldg, don't know if they still do that.

Two entrances, near the one with the Sawmill Bldg there is a small playground. This group of campsites also accomodates RV's and is often loaded up on weekends. Best sites are probably the "inside" or furthest from the paved road.

Old Sawmill Building near one entrance
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_1e4b9e5271ddbc8290b23b19855c5bb7.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=1e4b9e5271ddbc8290b23b19855c5bb7.jpg)

Playground
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_e445b8b6673c49a0c52b3f437da03473.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=e445b8b6673c49a0c52b3f437da03473.jpg)

Site 82 near entrance
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_e11fa6f11a8208537334463ed416654d.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=e11fa6f11a8208537334463ed416654d.jpg)

Bathrooms
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_4cde68948e708c2b1ceb6a5e356f7d30.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=4cde68948e708c2b1ceb6a5e356f7d30.jpg)

Site 33
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_048daf2ec18a06d6814dec2a3f3e0e28.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=048daf2ec18a06d6814dec2a3f3e0e28.jpg)

Site 34
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_e241ba1ac347183272d1c4f7de383acb.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=e241ba1ac347183272d1c4f7de383acb.jpg)

Site 35
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_cb0ad82d14781fb1182a07e300f5b25d.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=cb0ad82d14781fb1182a07e300f5b25d.jpg)

Site 36
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_f38cc9b472a75e48b4fd77438baa964b.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=f38cc9b472a75e48b4fd77438baa964b.jpg)

Site 37
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_5aab8659d57fb7cef010a24c01f689c8.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=5aab8659d57fb7cef010a24c01f689c8.jpg)

Site 40
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_6a868a4cb5ac0b6efe69428227aed71e.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=6a868a4cb5ac0b6efe69428227aed71e.jpg)

Site 44
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_06b2a98d461d36227dcaa02a5abbdbbc.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=06b2a98d461d36227dcaa02a5abbdbbc.jpg)

Site 58
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_46ef4e5e66d961a17fa5fbd0fcea2fea.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=46ef4e5e66d961a17fa5fbd0fcea2fea.jpg)

Site 59
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_bd6667cb125a88fa89b22dfdfa432973.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=bd6667cb125a88fa89b22dfdfa432973.jpg)

Site 60
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_17a3c9451ee1feb215a753b9eb8453be.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=17a3c9451ee1feb215a753b9eb8453be.jpg)

Sample of the "no undergrowth" Pine Forest a short hike from this campsite.
This is somewhat atypical as most of the forest is mixed oak and pitch pine with thick undergrowth.
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/th_4e676a67f9b0ea1017d0a44d0747625b.jpg (http://s1059.photobucket.com/albums/t439/Ratdogman/?action=view&current=4e676a67f9b0ea1017d0a44d0747625b.jpg)

natureboy68
07-11-2013, 12:25
Any intel on mullica river CG? I hiked through there yesterday on the way back from lower forge (#4), back to batso, and was relived to find a water well! That jersey tea water is metallic tasting!! I did see hammocks at mullica site #7, but didn't have the energy to explore any further...

silentorpheus
07-11-2013, 12:27
Any intel on mullica river CG? I hiked through there yesterday on the way back from lower forge (#4), back to batso, and was relived to find a water well! That jersey tea water is metallic tasting!! I did see hammocks at mullica site #7, but didn't have the energy to explore any further...

SilvrSurfr and I were going to take survey of Mullica and get some pictures when we last came through there - but it was seriously hot and we were itching to get going, so we dkind of skipped it.

stalker42
07-11-2013, 20:39
Atsion almost all sites were good for hanging. I had site ten and had 3 hangers with easy room for 3 more.

Ratdog
11-13-2013, 17:39
Mullica River Wilderness Campsite info
Site 1
Maybe 1
Site 2
Several, 3-4 easy
Site 3
Maybe 2 but you will be encroaching on site 4
Site 4
Several
Site 5 a large open site
1, maybe 2, more than that you have to go to the edge of the site
Site 6
Not so good, 2 smallish trees
Site 7 good
Several no problem
Site 8 good
Several no problem
Several no problem
Site 9 just ok
1-2 unless you really spread out

Ratdog
11-13-2013, 19:17
Mullica River pics
Sites 2,3,7,8,9,10

Ratdog
11-13-2013, 19:50
Just a little way off Quaker Bridge Road is the intersection of Beaver Pond - Quaker Bridge Trail and the Old Mullica River road that leads to the Mullica River Wilderness Area Campsite.

Here is a "bubble" or photosphere of that intersection.
2.5 mi to Atsion, 3mi to Lower Forge, 2.5mi to Mullica River Camp
http://on.bubb.li/a97zspd9oelo6tb94/

kayak karl
11-13-2013, 20:19
wow does that look different. big change since 1978.

Ratdog
11-13-2013, 20:47
I'm working on the video to give a better idea.

natureboy68
11-13-2013, 22:06
Thanks! Last time through #7 looked promising, are the campsites on the BATONA trail year round?

SilvrSurfr
11-13-2013, 22:09
Yep, year round.

Deadphans
11-14-2013, 16:17
Once again, thank you so much for your valuable information. Can't tell you how good this resource is to have for a guy like me :)

jerzybears
11-16-2013, 15:46
We're in. Which site will it ultimately be?

SilvrSurfr
11-16-2013, 16:25
We're in. Which site will it ultimately be?

Y'all be in the wrong thread! Over here is the 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trek.

https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=79992

SilvrSurfr
11-16-2013, 16:27
Mullica River Wilderness Campsite info
Site 1
Maybe 1
Site 2
Several, 3-4 easy
Site 3
Maybe 2 but you will be encroaching on site 4
Site 4
Several
Site 5 a large open site
1, maybe 2, more than that you have to go to the edge of the site
Site 6
Not so good, 2 smallish trees
Site 7 good
Several no problem
Site 8 good
Several no problem
Several no problem
Site 9 just ok
1-2 unless you really spread out

You got a typo here, Ratdog? I don't see site 10 in yer report.

SilvrSurfr
11-16-2013, 16:39
Never mind. I see site 10 is crap from the pics.

SilvrSurfr
11-16-2013, 16:54
Mullica River Wilderness Campsite info
Site 1
Maybe 1
Site 2
Several, 3-4 easy
Site 3
Maybe 2 but you will be encroaching on site 4
Site 4
Several
Site 5 a large open site
1, maybe 2, more than that you have to go to the edge of the site
Site 6
Not so good, 2 smallish trees
Site 7 good
Several no problem
Site 8 good
Several no problem
Several no problem
Site 9 just ok
1-2 unless you really spread out

You got a typo here, Ratdog? I don't see site 10 in yer report.

Ratdog
11-22-2013, 13:48
Yeah, forgot site 1O, it is on the water, no good trees in the site, have to move to the edge of the campsites limits to get a decent set of trees.

Same is pretty much true of 9.

2, 4, 7 and 8 are the good hanging sites.

SilvrSurfr
12-30-2013, 23:02
After leaving Batsto this weekend, I thought I would reconnoiter Godfrey Bridge and Hawkins Bridge for trees suitable for hammocks. I got to Godfrey Bridge, but the rain was torrential and the roads were flooding.

I only surveyed a handful of sites, but the ones I looked at were mostly not hammock friendly. I didn't realize there were 30+ sites at Godfrey, so I gave up on Godfrey Bridge and headed towards Hawkins Bridge.

I tried to make it there, but there were huge puddles of water of unknown depth. After a couple of miles, I gave up and headed out.

Next time I'm down there, if the weather is good, I'll make a better effort to survey the sites.

natureboy68
01-12-2014, 14:22
Is Mullica river the only CG with a water pump/well? Some of my hiking partners are not down with NJ tea water!

silentorpheus
01-12-2014, 14:38
Is Mullica river the only CG with a water pump/well? Some of my hiking partners are not down with NJ tea water!

From the Wharton State Forest website (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html#camp):

Primitive Campsites: Bodine Field, Hawkins Bridge, Batona, Mullica River and Goshen Pond have hand pumps for water and pit toilets. Buttonwood Hill and Lower Forge sites have no water. Mullica River and Lower Forge can only be accessed by hiking, canoeing or horseback; motor vehicles are not permitted. All other areas are accessible by motor vehicles.

So Lower Forge and Mullica are the two hike-in-only camp sites, and of those only Mullica has a pump. Other sites have pumps, but are drive-in (car accessible).

SilvrSurfr
01-12-2014, 15:41
Is Mullica river the only CG with a water pump/well? Some of my hiking partners are not down with NJ tea water!

And where do you think the water out of the pump comes from?

natureboy68
01-12-2014, 16:34
And where do you think the water out of the pump comes from?


You are correct sir! BUT the water out of the pump is a heck of a lot clearer and tastes better than from the river!!

Jshep420
03-10-2014, 22:24
Awesome thread. If I wanted to kayak/hammock an overnight, or so, in Wharton what would u guys suggest.?

SilvrSurfr
03-10-2014, 23:04
They got rivers down there. I've been wanting to do the Mullica River - Atsion to Batsto. Camp at Mullica River campsite.

Then there's the Batsto River - I think you can drop in at Hampton Furnace and float down to Batsto Village. Camp at Lower Forge.

I was thinking of canoeing the Batsto to Lower Forge on 3/29. Some HF members are hanging at Lower Forge. Join in on that thread if you wanna further discuss if you wanna plan something.

https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=89651

I'd need another body to help handle my Old Town 16'9" Discovery. It's a bit overkill for the Pine Barrens but it does have a 1500 lb. cargo capacity!:D

SilvrSurfr
03-10-2014, 23:08
There's also a paddling section of the forum for donating members. Kayak Karl is a piney who can tell you some good paddles down there.

Jshep420
03-10-2014, 23:25
I already have joined that thread. I don't think I can swing that weekend. I work Saturdays and I'm northern nj. If thinks change I'm in!!

SilvrSurfr
06-01-2014, 22:43
Five-minute tour of Batona Camp campsites for hammock-hanging suitability.

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SilvrSurfr
06-19-2014, 14:25
Tour of Lower Forge by Ratdog.

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stalker42
06-19-2014, 15:34
In campsite 1 off to the left of the boat launch there is a handy little annex with trees placed perfectly for 3 hammocks.

Dochartaigh
08-06-2014, 17:34
After leaving Batsto this weekend, I thought I would reconnoiter Godfrey Bridge and Hawkins Bridge for trees suitable for hammocks. I got to Godfrey Bridge, but the rain was torrential and the roads were flooding.

Does anybody know which sites are good at Godfreys Bridge or Hawkins Bridge? Preferably a spot on the water. I heard they cut down a ton of trees at Hawkins Bridge within the past couple years...

SilvrSurfr
08-06-2014, 18:10
Does anybody know which sites are good at Godfreys Bridge or Hawkins Bridge? Preferably a spot on the water. I heard they cut down a ton of trees at Hawkins Bridge within the past couple years...

When I went to Godfrey, tree selection was pretty dismal. It was raining so I cut out after only going through about half the sites. Very discouraging. I suspect this is all the work of ReserveAmerica 'cause they whacked a bunch of trees at Lower Forge and Mullica River as well about the time the ReserveAmerica came online. Oh, and they put fire rings at every site.

Dochartaigh
08-07-2014, 15:43
I kinda hate ReserveAmerica myself. It wouldn't even let me book two sites (one for my group, and another for friends of ours) without charging me the $9.25 "reservation fee" twice! It's a total racket.

Godfreys was nearly all booked up so I decided to go with a Hawkins Bridge campsite. Basically picked two random sites there and we'll see how they are. If they won't work hopefully the next site over will be empty to use and have more trees.

Ratdog
04-14-2015, 23:20
Goshen Pond Site #16 is no longer a decent hanging spot.

It used to be one of my favorites but a few trees were cut down.

Now it will hold 2 hangers at most and the spots are right up by the road and directly across from the group site.

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I actually had to park my truck next to the hammock to block the headlights of traffic passing thru camp heading back into the forest. It's a favorite of Jeeps and Dirt bikers who are not familiar with the are and the hundreds of other options to get back to that section of the woods.

The Tree Frog
04-16-2015, 19:54
That stinks. Goshen used to be so nice. Lots of frogs out there in the summer!

Dochartaigh
04-22-2015, 12:33
Any update on good sites at the Hawkin Bridge camping area? Trying to do a kayak trip this weekend on the Wading River.

...I would MUCH rather do the Mullica or Batsto Rivers but BOTH Mullica River camp AND Lower Forge is sold out for the first time I've EVER seen! (or I guess I just never go there this early in the year).

Ratdog
04-22-2015, 13:46
Mullica and Lower Forge have been selling out for a couple weeks, even the Office was surprised. Some groups are getting out early.

Hawkins Bridge campground isn't great for hammocking. Many of the sites you have to move to the campsite boundary to get a decent hang. I will check through my pics and the map, there is one site I used a couple times this winter. Annoyingly it's right on top of two other sites, hate when they jam them together.

Glancing at some pics now.
9 - no
8 - maybe
3 - no
2 - maybe
6 - yes,one hammock

iirc SilvrSurfr made a vid of Hawkins?

SilvrSurfr
04-22-2015, 13:59
I drove through there a while back. I didn't think much of the individual sites, but group site A was pretty nice, and C wasn't too bad.

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silentorpheus
04-22-2015, 14:38
Mullica and Lower Forge have been selling out for a couple weeks, even the Office was surprised. Some groups are getting out early.



I noticed that as well - a couple of times in the past month I've thought I might try to get out for a quick overnight to stretch the legs, only to find almost every site in both those camps booked, and certainly every hammock worthy site taken. Guess the unseasonably good weather has spurred an early season.

njsurfer
04-22-2015, 16:02
I hung last weekend at Godfrey Bridge. Site 3 where I stayed had river access 50 yards away and I had no problem hanging. There was at least 2 or 3 suitable spots to hang @ site 3. On another note, the RV park a short distance away had a band or something that played until 10pm Saturday night and they had a leaf blower going promptly at 8am. Not exactly the peaceful experience you might find elsewhere.

The Tree Frog
04-22-2015, 17:17
I am dealing with a scheduling conflict and my plans to attend MAHHA this weekend. I'm still going but was considering a local hang instead. I didn't check the sites so thanks for posting this. Sounds like slim pickins.

Ratdog
04-22-2015, 18:18
I hung last weekend at Godfrey Bridge. Site 3 where I stayed had river access 50 yards away and I had no problem hanging. There was at least 2 or 3 suitable spots to hang @ site 3. On another note, the RV park a short distance away had a band or something that played until 10pm Saturday night and they had a leaf blower going promptly at 8am. Not exactly the peaceful experience you might find elsewhere.

I won't camp at Godfrey for those and a few more reasons.

njsurfer
04-22-2015, 18:22
I probably wont be back either, a lot of places were booked full last weekend and it was a last minute trip. Rolled the dice and it wasnt what I hoped for. BUT my four year old son had fun, so it was worth it.

Dochartaigh
04-22-2015, 19:11
Thanks All. Grabbed one of the few sites left at Hawkin Bridge. I'll bring a tent just in case ;(

Dochartaigh
04-23-2015, 10:59
Does anybody know where I can leave a car at Speedwell, the starting point for a trip down the Wading River (to Hawkin Bridge). I remember the start point is right around here:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/39%C2%B045'31.2%22N+74%C2%B032'36.1%22W/@39.75868,-74.54336,475m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/39%C2%B045'31.2%22N+74%C2%B032'36.1%22W/@39.75868,-74.54336,475m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0)

But I'm pretty sure that start access point is on a cranberry farm, and I'm sure they're not to keen on people leaving their car parked there for a weekend. What do most people do?

Rex Clifton
04-23-2015, 11:25
Carefull, you may step on Jimmy Hoffa!

SilvrSurfr
04-23-2015, 18:51
Can't find it right now, but some review said there was parking for three cars on the northbound side of Rt. 563 (other side of road from your drop-in).

Nevermind, here it is:

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMEHJD_Wading_River_from_Speedwell_to_Beaver_Branc h

Dochartaigh
04-23-2015, 19:42
Ha! I actually bookmarked that same page earlier today, but can't see anything of the sort on satellite view. Guess I'll just go there and see where I can safely park. Thanks.

The Tree Frog
04-24-2015, 20:13
What trip?

This is just a thread about which sites are suitable for hanging. :p

Yea Just realized that. deleted my post.

silentorpheus
04-24-2015, 20:16
Yea Just realized that. deleted my post.

Hah!

Couldn't resist poking fun. That's the thing about reading via either tapatalk, or through the New Post tab - sometimes you lose track of where the thread your reading even is posted. :shades:

Dochartaigh
04-27-2015, 15:33
Mini trip report: Don't try to do Speedwell to Hawkin Bridge on the Wading River unless you want to portage a minimum of 8-9 times around fallen trees (and just barely squeeze under another 5-7...and I mean literally craw into your kayak as far as you can so you can float under). I really hope Mick's will get out there sometime soon and cut those trees down! Good trip besides all that (even with a dunk in the cold water).

Ratdog
04-27-2015, 20:37
Yeah folks aren't keeping up many of the rivers these days.

How was your hang at Hawkins? Were you able to hang? Site?

Zilla
04-27-2015, 21:50
Mini trip report: Don't try to do Speedwell to Hawkin Bridge on the Wading River unless you want to portage a minimum of 8-9 times around fallen trees (and just barely squeeze under another 5-7...and I mean literally craw into your kayak as far as you can so you can float under). I really hope Mick's will get out there sometime soon and cut those trees down! Good trip besides all that (even with a dunk in the cold water).


I hear ya, for the money that Mick's makes every year they reall dont put much back into maintaing.
From what i have read on here it looks like those jersey boys like ss and rd and that crew spend more time working on clearing out the waterways than anyone else and Mick really should.

SilvrSurfr
04-27-2015, 22:11
Hey, we've had a ton of campfire discussions on starting a spring chainsaw community service project on some Pine Barrens rivers and branches. However, I think it is a lot of work (dangerous, I might add), and one might need permits. Legally, it's kinda vague if you're allowed to do that kinda stuff on your own, or if you need sanction from the powers that be.

Ratdog
04-28-2015, 01:08
No chainsaws allowed on live or dead trees, standing or fallen.

When I asked informally the response was "why would I care" from a Ranger.

Bow saws would work.

I spent years helping with creek maintenance in our community, have saws, straps, rope and chainsaw. Also a flat bottom boat for hauling gear snd working. Bottom line, you get in the water to do a lot of the work. All of this was 30 years ago. Nowadays, who knows, probably need to be licensed, insured and permitted as you said.

The Tree Frog
04-28-2015, 06:36
No chainsaws allowed on live or dead trees, standing or fallen.

When I asked informally the response was "why would I care" from a Ranger.

Bow saws would work.

I spent years helping with creek maintenance in our community, have saws, straps, rope and chainsaw. Also a flat bottom boat for hauling gear snd working. Bottom line, you get in the water to do a lot of the work. All of this was 30 years ago. Nowadays, who knows, probably need to be licensed, insured and permitted as you said.

Lets do it anyway. I volunteer to be on the cleanup crew. This can be the first annual GSHDA of NJ "Overnight River Clean-up Hang" ORCH. Or better said, the GSHDANJ ORCH !!! :lol:

Ratdog
04-28-2015, 08:29
Forgot to mention, a few years back we had some excessive flooding that trashed a bunch of local bridges, Pemberton, Medford Lakes, etc. Downed trees took some of the blame for creating the situation. The county, in this case Burlington, said they would clear some trees, folks just had to report them. We reported a couple whoppers that were impedimg flow and canoe traffic on the Rancocas and sure enough, a few months later, they came out and cleared them. Spent all day doing it. I provided the workers food, refreshments, help and extra gear when their lines failed.

I wonder if a call to Ocean County would achieve anything. Everyone is crying about budgets, so I have my doubts.

One thing is for sure, I won't mess with any beaver dams, no point, they just rebuild them.

Ratdog
04-28-2015, 08:31
Btw, we've gone way off topic, we should aska mod to whack all these creek cleaning posts.

Dochartaigh
04-28-2015, 08:51
How was your hang at Hawkins? Were you able to hang? Site?

I booked site #3, and you could have possibly hanged on the edge of the site in the woods, but you would be in the woods with those nasty climbing sticker vines.

Next to me at site #2 there was a guy hanging in a Hennessey so that site is doable for 1 person at least (but it's a little close to the outhouse).

I honestly slept in my TarpTent, and had a wonderful nights sleep with my new Klymit Static V2 mat (almost...but not quite as comfortable as a hammock ;)

Ratdog
04-28-2015, 08:57
Yeah, I know sites 2 and 3, exactly as you say, off to the edge, outhouse right there, right along the road. Thanks for the feedback.

silentorpheus
04-28-2015, 17:38
Btw, we've gone way off topic, we should aska mod to whack all these creek cleaning posts.

Seriously. You all are corrupting my thread with your 'chatter'. :shades:

The Tree Frog
12-27-2015, 22:33
Thread bump.

This thread starts off great with pictures, videos, and descriptions of local pine barrens campsites. It goes down hill in the last few posts but still worthy of a look!

mychal
07-06-2017, 21:41
What do y'all know about Parvin?

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njredneck
07-07-2017, 05:53
What do y'all know about Parvin?

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Group site A is good for a couple on the edges

silentorpheus
08-29-2017, 00:15
Bumping this back to the top, for more recent intel:

Plenty of info on Batona, Lower Forge, Mullica.

Seems like Goshen is not ideal, based on info in this thread.

Since there have been some recent outings at Bodine, Hawkins, etc. - any info on those sites, for both smaller and group sites?

The Tree Frog
08-29-2017, 19:33
Goshen Pond sites are better for tent camping, BUT....group sites B and even better, group site C is really good for hammocks. Probably up to 6-10 hammocks in site C. Privy access is close by and a water pump is available.

SilvrSurfr
08-29-2017, 20:19
Bumping this back to the top, for more recent intel:

Plenty of info on Batona, Lower Forge, Mullica.

Seems like Goshen is not ideal, based on info in this thread.

Since there have been some recent outings at Bodine, Hawkins, etc. - any info on those sites, for both smaller and group sites?

In post #73, I have a couple of videos of the group sites at Hawkins.

silentorpheus
08-29-2017, 21:41
In post #73, I have a couple of videos of the group sites at Hawkins.
Right. So Hawkins group site A you could probably get a crowd hanging, not so much with the other sites.

SilvrSurfr
08-29-2017, 21:46
Right. So Hawkins group site A you could probably get a crowd hanging, not so much with the other sites.

None of the individual sites looked very appealing. I'd say site A is cream of the crop.

Ratdog
08-30-2017, 08:53
Goshen Pond
Group Site C - good for hammock camping, 15+ hammocks
Site 16 - 2 hammocks, ok site
Site 15 - 2 hammocks, hang close to dirt access road
Group Site B can handle some hammocks
Compost toilets, well pump

Bodine
Group Site E - used to be a non group site and a few trees were cut down, not so great now but near water
Site 13 handles several hammocks but is between 2 group sites
Site 11 is on the water
Sites 1,2,3,4,5,6 - offer a nice hanging area

Hawkins Bridge
all the group sites are wide open, few trees and generally not good for hanging with the exception of Group Site D iirc

Group Site D has a grove of pine trees between the fire pit and the smaller sites near the road.
Many of the small sites can handle a hammock or two.

Can do a little scouting.

silentorpheus
09-10-2017, 11:32
Update after a little scouting yesterday.

Bodine:

The side of the camp with group sites A, B, and sites 1-8 are, is the place to look.

Group site A is useless. Group site B has a place for a couple hammocks (maybe 3?), and plenty of room for communal gathering, but you'd need other sites to cover a group.

Sites 1-6 all offer some good options. Ideally you could grab group site B and site 1 and 2, and house a decent group.

Group side C and D both offer some hanging options. C has less, but is a cool spot in the corner. D has some good options, but it's RIGHT on the road in the corner where the main road bends goes through. No shelter or privacy at all.

The rest of the camp has options at various sites, didn't survey them all. The large group site(s) in the middle of the camp are basically an open field with fire rings. There was a larger group with a bunch of tents all spread out across that area (8-10 tents, possibly scouts) - perfect for that use, but for hammocks: Pass.
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Hawkins:

Group sites C & D, as well as sites 1,2, and 3 are all pretty solid. The group sites don't technically have much right in the clearly assumed site (around the fire ring in a 50' diameter), but if you look towards the direction of sites 1/2/3, there's a huge expanse of oaks with plenty of room for a lot of hammocks.

Same goes for sites 1-3. They have more options directly at the sites, with room for a few hammocks at each, but if you look back towards the group sites (C & D), there's plenty of trees to choose from. All depends on how you define the site limits, and I suppose whether a ranger cared to argue the point. And whether or not you had neighbors at any of the above mentioned sites.

The area between C/D and 1/2/3 is circled in red below:

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There were people over at sites 4-9 (on a separate little loop), so I didn't go nosing around there. I'll save that for another trip. :shades:

JmBoh
09-10-2017, 20:35
Update after a little scouting yesterday.

Bodine:

The side of the camp with group sites A, B, and sites 1-8 are, is the place to look.

Group site A is useless. Group site B has a place for a couple hammocks (maybe 3?), and plenty of room for communal gathering, but you'd need other sites to cover a group.

Sites 1-6 all offer some good options. Ideally you could grab group site B and site 1 and 2, and house a decent group.

Group side C and D both offer some hanging options. C has less, but is a cool spot in the corner. D has some good options, but it's RIGHT on the road in the corner where the main road bends goes through. No shelter or privacy at all.

The rest of the camp has options at various sites, didn't survey them all. The large group site(s) in the middle of the camp are basically an open field with fire rings. There was a larger group with a bunch of tents all spread out across that area (8-10 tents, possibly scouts) - perfect for that use, but for hammocks: Pass.
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Hawkins:

Group sites C & D, as well as sites 1,2, and 3 are all pretty solid. The group sites don't technically have much right in the clearly assumed site (around the fire ring in a 50' diameter), but if you look towards the direction of sites 1/2/3, there's a huge expanse of oaks with plenty of room for a lot of hammocks.

Same goes for sites 1-3. They have more options directly at the sites, with room for a few hammocks at each, but if you look back towards the group sites (C & D), there's plenty of trees to choose from. All depends on how you define the site limits, and I suppose whether a ranger cared to argue the point. And whether or not you had neighbors at any of the above mentioned sites.

The area between C/D and 1/2/3 is circled in red below:

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There were people over at sites 4-9 (on a separate little loop), so I didn't go nosing around there. I'll save that for another trip. :shades:

Yeah Hawkins C,D are awesome! WE hung there last fall. Good spot.