Walk in the Woods in December

Dec 12, 2017
Photo by: Pat Johnson Winter in the pines has its own stark beauty.

Ready to shake out the winter cobweb’s with an 11-mile hike through historic Wharton State Forest? Bass River State Forest’s volunteer master naturalist Kathy Gardiner leads the moderate-paced hike on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Wharton State Forest is New Jersey’s largest state forest with over 123,000 acres of forests, wetlands and meadows. The free hike is on the Yellow Trail along the Wading River watershed with views of the historic iron forge towns of Atsion and Batsto Village.

Meet at Wharton State Forest’s Batsto Village parking lot at 9 a.m. (County Route 542) to carpool to the Atsion Recreation Area. The hike is on flat terrain though there is some sugar sand to walk through in places. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring lunch and drink; heavy rain or snow cancels.

Register by calling Kathy at 609-296-6574 (day of event,  cell 609-405-0360) or the Bass River State Forest office at 609-296-1114. For directions to Batsto Village, call Wharton State Forest at 609-561-0024. You can also find information on the website njparksandforests.org.P.J.

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