Rockwood Road, Hammonton, Atlantic County- Wharton State Forest
Location: Hammonton, Atlantic County, Wharton State Forest
Directions: Route 206 N. from Rt. 30 in Hammonton to Rockwood Rd on East side of Rt. 206. 1.5 miles to first large disturbed area.
GPS location: N 39.69396/ W 74.71275-Appx. 1.5 miles miles from the entrance on Rt. 206.
Local name: Rockwood Road
What is going on at this site: The road, and all of the wetlands around it, have become one big mudding area for large 4 x 4 trucks and ATV’s. The first large mud wallow is so deep that without large, illegal, tires you can not cross it. From this large mud wallow it is approximately 5 miles to Route 542 at Pleasant Mills Church. This is a large area of the Pinelands National Reserve that is no longer available to the general public since the parallel road, Paradise Rd/W. Mill Rd., is also impossible to travel and the bridge behind Pleasant Mills Church has been destroyed and has not been rebuilt. The total area represents hundreds and hundreds of acres of prime pinelands.
See Google Earth image below
What is there: open wetlands. forested wetlands and a long string of vernal pools
Native Species: Heard Pine Barrens Tree Frogs
Video: The truck in this video is not even legal to travel on NJ roads but is able to travel in broad daylight to this location.
Below is a slide show of images taken at the location.