Destruction Site – “Historic Stokes Road”

“Historic Stokes Road” – Wharton State Forest

Historic Stokes Road

Location: Shamong Twp., Burlington County, Wharton State Forest

Directions: Rt. 206 for .21 miles north of Atsion Rd/Atsion Lake. right on Hampton Rd for 1.22 miles, right on Stokes.

GPS location:   N 39.752187/ W 74.705439

Stokes Rd. Google

Local name: Stokes Road

What is going on at this site: This historic stagecoach road that originates in Burlington City and connects to Quaker Bridge Road has been made impassable by reckless off-road vehicles in the Wharton State Forest area.  The muddle wallows for 1/2 mile along this road are now so large that only 4 x 4s with oversized tires can traverse the area. This area also has a vernal pool section, accessible via the abandoned Central Jersey R.R. tracks, that has been driven through destroying the habitat.

Type of area: Upland forest, vernal pools and forested wetlands, historic dirt roadway.

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