Destruction Site – “First Beach”

“First Beach” – within Wharton State Forest

First Beach Destruction


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

1 mile east of Atsion Lake on Quaker Bridge Road

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GPS location:   N 39.73433/ W 74.71101

Local name: First Beach

What is going on at this site: Mullica River streamside beach in upland forest.  Once a quiet little beach that was a canoe/kayak launch and a nice place to look at the river. Now it is the off-roader’s simulated sand dune.  Over the years the beach has been greatly enlarged, eroded and de-vegetated by off-road vehicles riding up and down the slopes of the bank. Sand from the banks is washing into the Mullica River. There are new paths added to the area regularly.  This area is highly visible from Quaker Bridge Rd., but it doesn’t retard the illegal activity.  There are usually beer cans and trash in the area along with the charcoal remains of campfires.  Vehicle traffic there can be disruptive to hikers using the “Yellow Trail” that passes through the area.

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Destruction Site – “Forbidden Pond”

“Forbidden Pond” – Wharton State Forest

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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, FrogsFloating Heart 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.