Located at the Northern end of Wharton State Forest, the Atsion Recreation Area is a popular destination for visitors looking to picnic, swim, play and explore.

Wharton State Forest is the largest single tract of land within the New Jersey State Park System. It is also the site of Batsto Village, a former bog iron and glassmaking industrial center from 1766 to 1867 that currently reflects the agricultural and commercial enterprises that existed here during the late 19th century.

Throughout Wharton are rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails (including a major section of the Batona Trail), miles of unpaved roads for mountain biking and horseback riding and numerous lakes, ponds and fields ideal for wildlife observation. Bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, marsh hawks, ospreys, great blue herons, swans, screech owls, great-horned owls, bluebirds, hummingbirds, purple martins, goldfinch, turkeys, beavers, river otters, fox and deer are only some of the wildlife the alert visitor can see.


Atsion Recreation Area New Jersey
US-206, Shamong, NJ 08088, United States

PARK ADVISORY: The Atsion Cabins are closed for the 2021 season due a major capital improvement project.



Gate Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m

Park Office Closed November through March


NJ Resident:

  • Weekdays – $ 5.00
  • Weekends/Holiday – $ 10.00
  • Walk-in/Bicycle – $ 2.00
  • Motorcyle – $ 5.00


  • Weekdays – $ 10.00
  • Weekends/Holiday – $ 20.00
  • Walk-in/Bicycle – $ 2.00
  • Motorcyle – $ 7.00


Contact Details

Phone: (609) 268-0444

Email: parks@dep.nj.gov

Official Website: Atsion Recreation Area New Jersey


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Atsion Recreation Area New Jersey:


The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips


Atsion Recreation Area is a must-visit state park in New Jersey. Check out other state parks in New Jersey here.

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