Belleplain State Forest

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Belleplain State Forest
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Belleplain State Forest is located in New Jersey
Belleplain State Forest
Location in New Jersey
Belleplain State Forest is located in the United States
Belleplain State Forest
LocationCape May County
Coordinates39°14′56.62″N 74°50′28.29″W / 39.2490611°N 74.8411917°W / 39.2490611; -74.8411917Coordinates: 39°14′56.62″N 74°50′28.29″W / 39.2490611°N 74.8411917°W / 39.2490611; -74.8411917[1]
Area21,320-acre (86.3 km2)
Opened1928
Operated byNew Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

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 here in 1933, converted Meisle Cranberry Bog into Lake Nummy and constructing 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.

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