Belleplain State Forest
Coordinates: Belleplain State Forest is a 21,320-acre (8,630 ha) 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 (93 ha) of privately owned land to Belleplain. Donated by the Brewer family, the property comprises approximately 200 acres (81 ha) of woodlands - including Atlantic white cedar trees - surrounding 30-acre (120,000 m2) Cedar Lake (also known as Hands Mill Pond) on West Creek in Maurice River Township, Cumberland County.
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