Lower Forge Campground is anything but that―low on camping charisma. Located between Batsto River and Batona Trail, the campground's primitive campsites offer easy access to both geographic features.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
9 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Lower Forge Camping Area.

River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Ed
Ed D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 10th, 2016

Topher, LFC is located on the Batsto River, not the Mullica. Google Maps has mislabeled the Batsto as the Mullica. At LFC, the Mullica is actually a little less than a mile west of the Batsto.

No potable water as Topher stated. There are also no picnic table(s). There is a latrine, but be careful in the warmer weather as wasps like to build hives inside.

Hipcamper Topher
Topher B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 13th, 2015

Lower Forge is my favorite campsite on the Batona Trail, but there are some things that are incorrect. First, there is NO potable water at the site. The campsite is on the Mullica River but you will need to filter or boil the river water. Second, you cannot drive into the site. It is illegal to do so. There is a dirt road that will get you to within a quarter mile or so, but you have to hike in or boat in from the river.

This is Campsite 1 at Lower Forge Campground. There is a fire ring. That's it.
Hipcamper Joe
Joe M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 15th, 2019

Target date is March 16 for 1 overnight to do gear testing at site #1. I’ll post the details about the site sometime over the weekend. 7 of the 9 sites were already reserved as of early Friday morning, prior to my reservation.

LFC is 1/4 mile from the small parking area (photo by other).
Hipcamper Joe
Joe M.
recommends this listing.
March 15th, 2019

Based on my site scouting hike in 2018, LFC is about as primitive as the State of New Jersey allows.

The sites are mostly open space, suitable for tents with some trees for hammocks and tarps.

Sugar sand is along a portion of the 1/4 mile hike, which may increase the level of difficulty for some.

Seasoned dead wood for campfires will take time to locate during the frequent use season.

LFC is 1/4 mile from the small parking area (photo by other).
Hipcamper Ian W.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
November 16th, 2018
Hipcamper Steve C.
recommends this listing.
April 16th, 2018
Hipcamper Gale W.
recommends this listing.
July 27th, 2017
Wharton State Forest
New Jersey
United States
Phone Number
(609) 561-0024
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39.712° N, 74.666° W
Unknown price
Tent Only - Group: 9 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)

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