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The forested acres of Belleplain include stands of young pine, oak and Atlantic white cedar, reflecting better soil conditions and less damage by fire than found in the Pine Barrens just north of the forest. Belleplain State Forest was established in 1928 by the State of New Jersey for recreation, wildlife management, timber production, and water conservation. In 1933, three camps were set up by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Reforestation Relief Act, supplying labor to the forest for over an eight-year period.

The CCC converted Meisle Cranberry Bog into Lake Nummy, a popular swimming, boating, and fishing area. They also constructed the original forest headquarters, maintenance building, a road system, bridges, and dams.
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Written by PHAT LU  17-May-2011

Excellent Park

spent a lovely cold weeked here with my cub scout pack! The boys all had a great time and the employees made it even more enjoyable to be there, we stayed in the lean toos and were pleasantly surprised on how nice they were! Only one problem with one leantoo where the heater stopped working but they did everything they could to help us!! Very nice and we are booking another weekend really soon!

Written by Michell ASST CUB MASTER  17-Jan-2011

Favorite camping trip

Iam a single mom (due to divorce) and had to be both parents. I have been taking my kids to Bellplain since 1985 and love it. Now I have grandchildren and plan on taking them too. It convient to go to Cape May ZOO or ride into Wildwood and spend the day on the boardwalk and back to camp ground.

Written by clairebear  1-Oct-2010

Nice weekend trip

The park is nice with a small lake- about 1 hour to canoe around is plenty. The camp sites are nice- not too close together. I would have liked more hiking trails- we finished all of them in one afternoon. Good for a weekend trip, but I would not spend a full week. Next time we visit I would love to try a Yurt or lean-to!

(name not given)  6-Sep-2010

Far out and within distance of sea

We have been coming down to Belleplain from Montreal for over 15 years. Mind you, the prices have changed but the hospitality from the staff has always been impeccable, as its surroundings.

Written by Walter Lorigiano  25-Jul-2010

A jewel in South Jersey

The Yurts are great for families. Large, with 2 bunks, we were also able to comfortably include an inflatable queen mattress. Campsites nice & secluded.

Written by Bouchacs  29-Jun-2009

Our perfect spot!

My husband and I were engaged at the park and always love to come back to take a trip down memory lane. We have been married 12 years.

Written by Cindy Weaver  16-Jun-2009

The Jewel of Cape May County

My son and I ride our mountain bikes at least once a month in Belleplain, and camp there as often as we can. The place is always clean, and the employees are very helpful.

Written by Petersburg Jones  12-May-2009

A great family retreat

Awesome place for hiking and camping.

(name not given)  9-Mar-2009

fantastic fall foliage

Seasonal changes with beautiful colors and crisp fall air, the hiking is fabulous and I appreciate having Belleplain so close by to enjoy all year.

Written by susea  2-Nov-2008

My favorite campground in NJ

I love Belleplain State Forest. My husband and I spend time at Belleplain in every season, but enjoy it most in the fall and spring. The nature and hiking trails, riding our bikes on trails and the roadways in and near Belleplain, and spending time at the lake are our favorite activities. I love this park!

Written by Karen Banks  30-Oct-2008

One of our favorite parks

Our family has been going for years and it is the best park everything about it

(name not given)  29-May-2008

The Best NJ State Park

My fiancee and I have visited several of NJ state parks over the past few years and Belleplain is our favorite. We feel safe and the grounds are beautiful. We also usually always get a site at our favorite area around the edge of the lake. Belleplain State Forest is absolutely goregous!

(name not given)  17-Apr-2008

Campsites: 169 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities are within walking distance. Trailer dumping station is open March 1 through November 30. Campsites open all year. $20 per night.

Group campsites: Two group campsites with fire rings, picnic tables, water, and chemical toilets. Each site accommodates up to 75 people. Open all year. $75 per night.

Lean-tos: Fourteen lean-tos with propane heaters. Each accommodates up to six people. Outdoor picnic table, fire ring and grill. Flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities are within walking distance. ADA Accessible. Open all year. $30 per night.
Belleplain offers a Group Picnic Area for larger groups. It holds a capacity of 100 people, provides shelter, playfields and playground equipment. It may be reserved for a fee:

$55 per day, plus applicable parking fees Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day$80 per day Day After Labor Day to Friday Before Memorial Day50 percent of Fee Group Picnic Cancellation Fee

? Groups of 20 or more people shall reserve picnic facilities at least five days in advance. Such group use is not permitted on Holidays except as authorized by the Superintendent. Reservations for picnic areas are handled by the individual park area offices.
Swimming is permitted on the north side of Lake Nummy from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty. Visitors will find a beach complex containing changing area, restrooms, a first-aid station and a concession offering refreshments, novelties and beach supplies. Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach.
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Belleplain State Forest can be reached via the Garden State Parkway by taking exit 17 southbound (exit 17) to Routes 9 and 550 or exit 13 northbound. Highway signs are provided to guide the motorist to the forest.
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