“Forbidden Pond” – Wharton State Forest
Location: Waterford Township, just north of Chew Road on Sandy Causeway .16 miles
GPS location: N 39.70705/ W 74.77822
Local name: Forbidden Pond
What is going on at this site: This is a beautiful vernal pool in a forested wetlands area of Wharton State Forest. The perimeter of this pond has been used as a mudding track for 4 x 4s and ATVs. It is also a party spot, lots of trash and beer cans, even a mattress.
What is there: Floating Heart (Nymphoides cordata) classified as RARE, Frogs and Toads at this location are: Fowler’s Toad, Pine Barrens Tree Frog, Northern Gray Tree Fog, Spring Peeper, NJ Chorus Frog, Bullfrog, Green Frog, Wood Frog, Southern Leopard Frog and Carpenter Frog – all of these frogs have been surveyed by the scientist of the NJ Pinelands Commission.