New Jersey December 10, 2016
Here Is The Most Remote, Isolated Spot In New Jersey And It’s Positively Breathtaking
We’ve got a lot in New Jersey, but one thing we’re short on is truly remote locations. If you’re looking for seclusion and isolation, you may have trouble finding it here – but it
is possible. We may be the most densely populated state in the U.S. but we’ve got a state forest that’s truly spectacular.
Wharton State Forest is the largest tract of land in the New Jersey State Parks System.
It comes in at over 122,000 acres. Compare that to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park's 32 acres.
The park is located in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
The Pine Barrens were so named because it believed their land was infertile. While the soil is sandy and acidic, the land supports a wide variety of plant life.
The Pine Barrens are home to a very special water source.
The Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer has some of the purest water in the United States. Because of this and other factors, the government protected 1.1 million acres of pinelands as the first National Reserve.
Being the largest park in this already remote location, Wharton State Forest has some immensely secluded areas.
Head to Apple Pie Hill (the highest point in the Pine Barrens) and see nothing but trees for miles.
Outdoor Activities are abundant at Wharton State Forest.
Hike, hunt, boat, fish, ski (cross-country), swim, horseback ride and more. Explore as much as you can, and don't miss the beautiful bodies of water along the way.
You'll love watching the sun set over the lake or kayaking along the river.
The Batsto and Mullica Rivers are so scenic, Goshen Pond and Atsion Lake so peaceful.
The park has many other attractions.
You'll find ghost towns and historic villages including Atsion and Batsto. Batsto is a popular tourist attraction with preserved and restored historic buildings. The area has more ghost towns than much of the wild west as settlements sprung up around mines and mills and then died away. The Carranza Memorial marks the site of a plane crash and you'll find numerous cranberry bogs around Hammonton.
What’s your favorite remote location in the Garden State? Let us know in the comments.