February Happenings at Wharton State Forest

Feb. 17-19

Presidents’ Day Weekend at Batsto Village

There’s plenty to do at Batsto this Presidents’ Day Weekend! Explore the village, take a tour, or send mail from our 1852 historic post office. Weekend events include guided tours of the Batsto Mansion, walking tours of the village, and more!

For more information, please call the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024.

Batsto Village Historic Site is located at 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037. 

Batsto Mansion Tours

Stay warm this February inside the Batsto Mansion! Originally built in the eighteenth century as a small ironmaster’s house, the mansion now stands as it appeared after Joseph Wharton renovated the home in 1878. Serving as a vacation home for his family, the Batsto Mansion is an excellent example of the Italianate and Eastlake styles, both popular with the Victorian upper class.

Tours are 45-55 minutes and begin on the mansion porch:

  • Wednesdays through Sundays
    11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Batsto Visitor Center and are $3 for visitors over the age of 12, $1 for visitors ages 5-11 and free for visitors under 5-years-old.

Batsto Mansion is located at 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037 in Historic Batsto Village.

For more information or to confirm Batsto Mansion tour availability, please call the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024.

Camping & Cabins

Winter camping is available at Wharton State Forest! There is nothing like waking up on a winter’s morning, looking out of your tent and seeing a fresh coat of snow on the ground.  Or before turning in for the night, star gazing in Wharton State Forest’s dark skies with the sound of an owl calling off in the distance.

All our campgrounds are open year around.  

Atsion Cabins are closed for the season and will reopen again in late winter, but you can still make a reservation now.

Make your camping or cabin reservations here

Free Gifts with Purchases at Batsto and Atsion Stores

Discover the history of Atsion and its Vernacular Greek Revival mansion! Visitors will receive a free copy of Atsion: A Town of Four Faces with the purchase of an Atsion magnet.

Take the story of Batsto home with you after exploring the historic village! Visitors will receive a free copy of Of Batsto and Bog Iron with the purchase of a Batsto trivet.

Wharton State Forest Career Opportunities

Want to join the Wharton State Forest team?

Now through February 19, 2024 we’re accepting applications for a full-time year-round Maintenance Worker 1 position in Wharton State Forest! Find the job details and application instructions here: https://www.nj.gov/dep/jobs/spfhs-2024-3mw1.pdf

Looking for a part-time or summer job? Wharton State Forest will soon be hiring seasonal lifeguards, maintenance, office, and visitor service assistant positions. Apply here https://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/jobs.html and check the drop-down box for Wharton State Forest or Atsion Recreation Area

About Wharton State Forest

Located in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, Wharton State Forest is New Jersey’s largest state forest. It encompasses approximately 125,000 acres covering parts of Atlantic, Burlington and Camden counties providing a variety of recreational activities including hiking, biking, swimming and horseback riding. It is home to historic Batsto Village, Batsto and Atsion Mansions, and the Atsion Recreation Area. You can find more information about Wharton State Forest and other New Jersey state parks on our website at https://www.njparksandforests.org.


Wharton State Forest Office Locations

Atsion Office and Store
744 US 206, Shamong, NJ 08088

Batsto Office, Museum and Store
31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ  08037

Both offices are open 7 days a week (except major holidays) 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.