Wharton State Forest
Regulations and Practices
Micks Pine Barrens
Regulations and Practices of the PinelandsWharton State Forest is operated by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. Their mission is the conservation of forest lands. We ask everyone to follow these rules to preserve the Pinelands and it's beauty.
Carry In / Carry OutUnder the Carry In / Carry Out Program, day-use visitors are asked to participate in stewardship by taking their trash home for proper disposal using the bags distributed at the entrance to the park, forest or recreation area. Campers are asked to use the bags in the camping areas for their trash and to dispose of the bags in centralized dumpster's and recycling receptacles. You can also return your trash to any of our drivers.
SwimmingDesignated swimming areas in lakes are officially open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend throughout the state. Diving and swimming from the bridges is prohibited in the Wharton State Forest.
Hiking and TrailsOver 600 miles of trails beckon the outdoor enthusiast. Some trails are designated for foot traffic only, while others accommodate bikers, horseback riders and hikers. Unlicensed ATV's and motorized bikes are not allowed.
Fishing and HuntingAnglers and hunters will find some of New Jersey's best fishing and hunting in many of the state parks and forests. Hunting and fishing are subject to the laws of the Division of Fish & Wildlife. For information about fishing and hunting, please refer to the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife web site or call the main information number in Trenton at 609.292.2965.
AlcoholAlcohol is prohibited. Additional rules and regulations are printed on the back of the camping permit and are posted in the area.
FiresCampfires are allowed by permit only in campfire rings provided at approved campsites. Fires may be prohibited due to forest fire threat when prevailing conditions warrant this precaution. Permits may be purchased at Batsto State Park. Click this link for current Wildfire Danger Levels and Restrictions.
PetsPets must be maintained by using a leash. Pets are not permitted in camping facilities.
FirearmsA person shall not possess or discharge any firearm, pellet gun, bow and arrow, slingshot or other weapon capable of injuring people or wildlife. Hunters in compliance with the Division of Fish & Wildlife hunting laws are permitted. Target practice is prohibited.
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