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CAMPING AND JEEP TRIPS
For those of you who are outdoors oriented, we are adding this section which will contain interesting information about outdoor activities
in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and elsewhere occasionally. Each of our
trips will be recorded and indexed in the top navigation pane (left)
with the most recent adventure at the top of the list.
You may want to
download a Batona
Trail Map and a
Trail Guide if you are visiting the Wharton State Forest. Also
Park Pocket Ranger Exchange App.
If you are
hunting in the area, Green Acres
Motel is the only place I know of that is close to the Pine Barrens
that is dog-friendly – so if you have your hounds with you, there isn't
a problem getting a room.
Batsto Office Hours: Open daily 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. (609) 561-0024
Atsion Office Hours: Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (609) 268-0444
You might also want to check out our
recipes – some are for backpackers, and some are for drive-in campsites, and a few are very special. You can cook them ALL at home. Dave's private
recipe collection – some you will find nowhere else. If you're
looking for new home recipes,
check out the cookbooks
in our "Company Store" on
Telson USA. Almost every ethnic and cultural
food category is included.
When camping in the Pine Barrens,
always assume the danger of fire is very high. Pine needles are
almost explosive tinder, and forest fires here are a common
Fires are part of the ecological growth cycle of the
forest, and lightning and spontaneous combustion regularly cause fires
to break out.
The forest is monitored by a string
of fire towers which are not visible from ground level. If smoke is
detected, coordinates are sent to Forest Rangers who investigate.
The first thing you have to do when camping in the Wharton State
Forest is to obtain a camping permit. This enables Forest Rangers to
assess the population of an area for evacuation purposes in case of
Shown in the photo is the permit for
our first overnight stay at the Batona Campsite. Permits must be
prominently displayed at the campsite. Rangers regularly check these
sites whether or not there are registered campers. If you do not
have a permit, you will be ticketed and escorted from the park. If
you return after being ejected, you'll spend a few days in the
The Rangers are very strict on
littering, too. Get caught littering the forest and you could end up
selling your car or taking out a second mortgage to pay the fine
which, depending on the type of litter such as beer cans, which is a
"no-no", to throwing a cigarette out a car window, which is a
"mortal sin", can be
that's right.... ten thousand bucks.
There is no
excuse for littering
– you packed
it in; you can pack it out.
have ZERO TOLERANCE for alcoholic beverages and drunk and disorderly
conduct. While you might get away with suckin' on a brewsky, get
caught, and your morning cup o' Joe will be that County Jail synthe-swill
made from cloves and rabbit pellets.
||I am a former Eagle Scout, Troop 116, Brooklyn, NY|
If you don't care where you are,
you ain't lost.
Wherever you go...
There you are.
||Vigil Member of the
Order of The Arrow, |
Shu-Shu-Gah Lodge, Brooklyn, NY
Woodbadge Graduate, NEIII-27, Alpine Scout Camp, NJ|
Author of "The MidAtlantic Trailblazer" The FIRST GPS
Hiking and Camping book ever published.