Wharton Loop – Mullica River Trail/Beaver Pond-Quaker Bridge Trail/Wilderness Connector Loop – Wharton State Forest, Shamong, Burlington County, NJ Distance – 9.9 miles total Type – Lollipop trail Difficulty: 2 of 10
Website – http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Forest and swamp Surface – Sand
Trailheads – 39°44’30.37″N, 74°43’33.55″W (next to Atsion Ranger Station)
Goshen Pond Campground Wharton State Forest Shamong, NJ
Address: Atsion Road, Shamong, NJ 08088 Coordinates: 39°44’44.43″N, 74°45’34.52″W
Directions: On Atsion Road, turn onto the dirt road with the sign for Goshen Pond. Drive down and make your SECOND right where there is a small sign in the tree that says “campground”. The first turn also goes to the campground, but has a million bumps that your car will probably not appreciate.
Access: Dirt road, but accessible by most any vehicle under normal conditions (has passed my “1989 Toyota Corolla” test many times)
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I spent last weekend with the Scouts, camping out at Goshen Pond as part of an open house weekend for the Cub Scouts. We did the “A Walk Through Atsion” hike previously covered in this blog, only now featuring the colors of Fall. It was a great day to be hiking, camping, and taking pictures, a triple threat.
Atsion Lake Paddle – Atsion Recreation Area, Wharton State Forest, Shamong, Burlington County, NJ Distance: The lake is over a mile long and up to a 1/4 mile wide. Can also come in from the Goshen Pond area, which Dan kayaked in from (roughly two miles, one way). We did a mile and a half in two relatively short trips, and we didn’t even get more than halfway down the lake. Type: Out and back Difficulty: 4 of 10 – Middle of the lake lack of current can be a pain in the arms. Total score: 6 of 10.
Fees – If putting in at Atsion, $10 on weekends and $5 on weekdays to get into the lake area (in season)
Rentals – A boat concession [...]