“Cherry Hill Road” – Wharton State Forest
Location: Shamong Twp., Burlington County, Wharton State Forest
Directions: Route 206 south from Atsion Rd./Atsion Lake, Shamong Twp. .088 Miles to entrance on left (east side of Rt. 206)
GPS location: N 39.728225/ W 74.7289295 -.17 miles from the entrance on Rt. 206. The first area of destruction is a forged roadway that leads back to a long series of vernal pools.
Local name: Cherry Hill Road. A long time local resident claims it got its name because a cherry tree grew on a sand hill there.
What is going on at this site: The magnitude of this site is best seen with the Google Earth image at the top of this post. It is heavily used by 4 x 4 and ATV enthusiast for the entire 2.2 miles that it traverses. I counted 39 water/mud/wallow holes along the road. One area is a shooting range and quasi dumping area. In one of the large waterholes we observed two small pickerel fry. Every area that can be entered with a heavy 4×4 vehicle has been invaded. If this dirt road is needed by the Forest Fire Service during a forest fire event it could be very difficult, or even impossible, to travel on this road with their fire wagons.
What is there: Canby’s Lobelia, lobelia canbyi
Native Species: Green and Southern Leopard Frogs