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.

its good for a workout, nothing special here and there is too many mosquitoes!!!

This is one of my favorite trails in South Jersey. The trail is easy, I would never think of this as moderate. Flat sandy trails the entire time. There are some areas that will flood after rain, but they have been actively working on this trail to improve those areas. One of our few loops that have decent mileage. When you come to the lake with the picnic area follow the road to the right and then right again when you meet the next road. The trail goes to the left near the dumpsters for the camping area. The last part of the loop is along 347 but has plenty of shoulder and grass to walk on, except for as you cross over the creek itself. There is another portion of this trail that crosses over 347 from the parking area. That portion of the trail is overgrown and quickly dead ends, not worth crossing a very busy road for.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike around a cedar lake. Trail is flooded in many areas after heavy rain.

Nice place for a long walk :) Pretty lake area with some different recreation options in season. Trails pretty much all flat and sandy, from what I've seen so far. Not much in the way of wildlife, either, but maybe that's different in the spring and summer.

Great Pines Barrens loop. The trail becomes hard to find at the 4ish mile mark by the campground near the lake. Very quiet with just a few people.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Monday, March 21, 2016

mountain biking
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Not good weather for mountain bikes but too far to walk.

mountain biking
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I don't know much about birds, but this place was loaded.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

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Friday, November 21, 2014

birding
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fantastic place to bird! Birds can be found year round but it is best in May.

hiking
Sunday, April 15, 2012