Roads and bridges are flooded and rivers closed to recreation after about a foot of rain fell in Wharton State Forest in November.

Unimproved roads in New Jersey’s Wharton State Forest are impassable due to November’s heavy rains, and all access points for the Batsto, Mullica, Oswego and Wading rivers are closed due to hazardous conditions, state officials said Thursday (Nov. 29).

According to the Press of Atlantic City, many of the roads have extensive ponding or washouts, the New Jersey State Park Service said. The forest is in the Pinelands, an area with a naturally high water table and an extensive network of streams and wetlands.

November rainfall has deluged Wharton with nearly a foot of precipitation.

The park service recommends visitors postpone visits to avoid getting stuck, to never drive through high water and to not use the rivers for recreation until floodwaters recede.

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