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New Jersey Pine Barrens: How to get there, what to do and more

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The New Jersey Pine Barrens are about 160 miles from Washington. Take Interstate 95 north to Interstate 295 and cross the Delaware Memorial Bridge into New Jersey. Exit onto Route 40 east, then turn left onto Route 54 in Buena. Route 54 will become Route 206. Continue for about seven miles; Atsion Lake will be on the left. Wharton State Forest’s Atsion office will be on the right. Adams Canoe Rental is just past the lake, directly opposite the park office.

Hammonton, on Route 54, is a good last stop for any groceries or other supplies.


Adams Canoe Rental

1005 Atsion Rd., Shamong


Two-day canoe rental with drop-off and pickup, $85. Group rates and one-person kayaks also available.

Wharton State Forest, Atsion office

Route 206, Shamong


Camping at the Mullica River Wilderness Campsite is $5 per person. Pay in advance at the Atsion office. To be safe, call in advance and make a reservation. The office also sells firewood and provides park maps, bird lists and other interpretive materials.

The campsite has pit toilets, but be sure to bring your own toilet paper. Fresh water is also available.





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