Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine

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State Park · Nature / Park
Belleplain State Forest is a 21,320-acre (86.3 km2) New Jersey State Forest in northern Cape May County and eastern Cumberland County. It has many young pine, oak and Atlantic white cedar trees, having better soil than the northern Pine Barrens. It was established in 1928 and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) set up camps in 1933, and converted Meisle Cranberry Bog into Lake Nummy, and constructed the original forest headquarters, maintenance building, a road system, bridges, and dams.

The forest includes recreational facilities for picnicking, boating, camping, hunting and fishing, swimming, and over 40 miles (64 km) of walking trails. A fee is charged for camping and picnicking.

On June 7, 2002, the Green Acres Program added 230 acres (0.93 km2) of privately owned land to Belleplain. Donated by the Brewer family, the property comprises approximately 200 acres (0.81 km2) of woodlands - including Atlantic white cedar trees - surrounding 30-acre (0.12 km2) Cedar Lake (also known as Hands Mill Pond) on West Creek in Maurice River Township, Cumberland County.

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Ed King resided on a Property within the Forest.

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  • We just picked up our truck camper and made reservations. Didn’t know what to expect but we loved this campground. If you’re looking to boondock or tent camp-this is great. It was real quiet and...  more »
  • As has been stated, it is a wonderful place, and close to a great beach location, Sea Isle City. Great beach, good food, good gift shops, plenty of parking.  more »
  • It's such a peaceful place to camp. Endless supply of adventure on the many trails. The 'ice tea' lake is fantastic and refreshing. Really fin to bounce from hot spots to cool spots.
  • Great place to visit,their lake is clean and has lifeguards and a nice little beach area picnic tables to eat on. There is a playground for the kids that don't like the water,they have daily activities as well for the family to enjoy. You can take your own food but they also have a concession stand that is reasonably priced cash only.Oh and I forgot to mention it's 5 dollar cover for the car load during the week for NJ residents and 10 for non Nj residents. On the weekends it's 10 dollars no matter what state your from.

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