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Old Pine Barrens Blueberry Farm Chatsworth

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This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Chatsworth, NJ

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    < 30 (ft)

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    Yes

This is mostly an overnight stopping site. It is a wooded location right off a lightly traveled road. An acre at the front of the property is cleared with a pole barn. There’s a gate between the driveway and the cleared field. The RV camping area is on the entrance road before the gate (not in the field which is my dog training area and cannot be rutted). You may walk past the gate on the right side if you’d like to take a walk around the property (note: there can be ticks). Map line key: blue - RV parking area, yellow - property boundaries, red - trails) During blueberry season you are welcome to pick a pint or two of blueberries for your personal use. The bushes are old bushes and not sprayed or tended. I’m only starting to restore some of the bushes. I have cleared walking trails throughout the 11-acre property, but you must remain on my property and not cross over to my neighbor’s farm. I have placed “tick-tubes” throughout the property, but these are not 100% perfect in controlling ticks so if you walk, bug spray is recommended. Your dog can be lose but beware that cars drive fast on the nearby public road (more-so when the transfer station/dump is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays) and make sure you have trained a good recall and your dog won’t disappear after wildlife. Suggested Local Attractions:Visit the Candace McKee Ashmun Pinelands Education Exhibit at the Pinelands Commission's office in New Lisbon; visit the Pinelands UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; hike, bird watch or fish at the NJCF Franklin Parker Preserve; hike on the Batona Trail; bicycle on the wide bike lanes on nearby Route 532 and 563; buy snow cones, hotdogs etc at Hot Diggity Dog in downtown Chatsworth; visit Brendan T Byrne State Forest and Whitesbog Village, a historic cranberry/blueberry farm that is within Brendan T Byrne; attend a Whitesbog Preservation Trust tour or event at Whitesbog Village; visit Wharton State Forest and Batsto Village, a historic iron works within Wharton; canoe or kayak on Chatsworth Lake, Batsto River, Mullica River or the Wading River (either bring your own canoe or kayak or rent at Mick's Pine Barren Canoe & Kayak Rental or Pineland Adventures); sign up for a nature/ecology tour or a history/culture tour at Pineland Adventures; visit Atsion Lake or Bass River State Forest’s Lake Absegami for a swim at the guarded beach and/or a picnic; visit the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum; sign up your pooch for an training lesson at Personalized Dog Dog LLC where I can give a basic obedience or behavior lesson, a beginner agility lesson, a rally obedience lesson, a K9 Nose Work lesson, a tracking lesson, a recall and fetching lesson or a hunting retriever lesson.

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Vehicle Suitability Information

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Pets Welcome

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Offleash Area for Pets

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Generators Allowed

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House Rules

Absolutely no smoking or campfires (the Pine Barrens is extremely flammable); no inebriation (alcoholic beverages must be kept inside your camper or RV); your camper or RV must be fully self-contained as there are no nearby facilities; dogs can be off leash as long as you are directly supervising, have good verbal control and can keep them away from the public road, off neighbor’s properties and from chasing wildlife. There is not much of an area for lawn chairs, but I don’t mind if you use them in front of your vehicle; clean up any dog waste and take it with you if it’s in the camping area or on a trail (if it’s in a thickly vegetated area you may leave it - do NOT leave any poop bags with waste on the property); carry out all garage and trash and do not dispose of any black or gray water on the property (do not leave any personal items behind). Do not remove any plants or animals from the property (except for the amount of blueberries you are allowed to pick). If you would like to volunteer on the trails, the blueberry restoration or tree removal let me know.

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Location

Access Road Conditions: The parking space is a small entrance road to the property. It is unpaved grassy but solid. Where you would camp is level and pull-in/back-out (it’s not a long way at all). There’s a slight rise right near the road. The public road that leads to the property is paved and lightly traveled. NOTE: The parking space is narrow and thus cannot accommodate slideouts or extending awnings. If your rig has a side door can be used but will be tight (I give permission to campers to trim any brush right near where your door is). Converted vans such as my Ram Promaster fit well. A class-A RV would be too wide. Key to airphoto lines: Blue: RV parking area Yellow: property boundary Red: trails

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Hosted By MarthaW

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55-65

I’m a full-time dog trainer with an MS from Rutgers Details: I’m a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified K9 Nose Work Instructor, owner of Personalized Dog Training LLC and I utilize science-based LIMA (least intrusive minimally aversive) methods. I own an 11-acre abandoned blueberry farm in the New Jersey Pine Barrens in the historic village of Chatsworth. Home Town: Chatsworth, New Jersey, Capital of the Pine Barrens and home to the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival. Favorite Boondocking Locations: My own blueberry farm plus I’d like to discover more. Skills or Expertise to Share: I’m a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed) and a CWNI (Certified Nose Work Instructor). I’m also a hobby blueberry farm owner with fields that need to be restored.

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References for this location from other RVers

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    JayRaeTravels

    6 months ago

    This is just as Martha advertised. Quiet driveway parking with a great area to let your fur kid run. We had an easy time finding the camp as long as you follow her directions closely. AT&T service was weak. The area is very quiet and shaded.

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    Rymag333

    8 months ago

    This location had a field that was perfect for my dog to play fetch. It was quiet and I got a great nights sleep! Host was very responsive, thanks!

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    Barry_Nancy

    1 year ago

    Luckily, we found this secluded spot late afternoon. We came back after going out for dinner and nearly missed finding the driveway. It is a small, tight space but it was fine for our RAM 150. We backed in so we could easily drive out. The road was quiet. We had a wonderful peaceful stay and hope to be back on our next visit to the Pine Barrens. Big bonus was that we had cell service!!

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    LauerPack

    1 year ago

    We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful spot! It was cozy and private and we greatly enjoyed the space for the day we stayed. The only tricky bit is backing up into the spot (we have a 21 foot trailer) but once you get it in and comfortable the rest is just ideal!

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    SarahfromNRNY

    1 year ago

    We had a wonderful stay and Martha's directions were clear and helpful. There is a porta-potty in near-by Franklin Parker Preserve, where we had a great "other worldly" hike because of its unusual (to us) terrain. The tall pines and cedars make the rivers red, and controlled burning controls the undergrowth. Mostly, we were walking through undergrowth of wild blueberries that were delicious! (Late June) We also went on an easy and amazingly beautiful kayak trip through Mike's Pine Barren Canoe and Kayak rental, which also offers a free shower after the trip. Beware during tick season. Also, Chatsworth has a Post Office and a Hot Dog stand. No gas station, grocery store, or other store. This was a lovely location! Very private.

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