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,
Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep the forest clean
and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided
throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
Open daily sunrise to sunset
Office Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Camping: Open year round
Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities with the exception of Pet Friendly Campsites.
A non-refundable service fee of $5.00 will be charged to the customer for each reservation.
Changes to the reservation that occur prior to the Start/Check in date will incur a non refundable fee of $5.00.
Changes made after the start/check-in date will be chargerd a service fee according to the following:
- If the total fee is greater then or equal to $50.00 then a fee of $5.00 will be charged.
- If the total fee is less then $50.00 then the fee of $2.00 will be charged.
Pet Friendly Campsites
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.
Open year round. Fees: NJ Residents: $20 per night;
Non Residents: $25 per night.
Group campsites: Two group
campsites with fire rings, picnic tables, water, and chemical
toilets. Each site accommodates up to 50 people. Open year round. No trailers at group sites. No pets allowed. Fee: NJ Resident $100 per night; Non Resident $200 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.
Lean-tos are completely empty on the inside. No pets allowed. No additional tents/trailers are permitted at the lean-to sites. ADA Accessible. Open year round. Fees: NJ Residents: $40 per night;
Non Residents: $45 per night.
Shelters: five shelters are located in Meisle campground. They are cabin-like structures with a wood stove for heat, two double deck bunks and a picnic style table. The shelters sleep 4 comfortably, but you may have up to 6 people . Each site includes a fire ring, picnic table and a charcoal grill. Flush toilets and shower facilities are nearby .Additional tents are not permitted on shelter sites. Pets are not permitted on shelter sites. Check in time is 3 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 Noon. Accessible to persons with disabilities. Fee: NJ Resident $48 per night; Non Resident $60 per night.
Group Cabin: East Creek
Cabin - furnished living room with fireplace, full kitchen,
two bunkrooms with double bunks, bathrooms, showers, outdoor campfire rings. Accommodates
up to 30 people. Located on a lake and accessible to East
Creek Trail. Picnic grove, boat dock, ballfield. ADA Accessible.
Open year round. No additional tents/trailers are permitted at the group cabin. No pets allowed. Fee: NJ Resident $175 per night; Two-night
minimum; Non Resident $185 per night; Two-night
Campground Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Campground Map (High resolution for printing purposes) File
Special Use Permit Application
Special Use Permit Application Package
A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents. A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.
Belleplain offers 2 Group Picnic Areas for
larger groups. Both holds a capacity of 100 people, provides
shelter, playfields and playground equipment. Either may be reserved
for a fee:
New Jersey Resident $55
per day, plus applicable parking fees.
per day, plus applicable parking fees.
Day weekend through Labor Day
New Jersey Resident $80
After Labor Day to Friday Before Memorial Day
percent of Fee
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.
Reservations can be made over the telephone using a credit card, or by mail using the Group Picnic Reservation form* downloadable here. Payment in full of the appropriate group picnicking fee must accompany this application.
*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat
The Park staff offer a variety of historical and natural interpretive programs throughout the year. Contact the park office for a schedule of programs and to register. Program fees may apply.
Swimming is permitted on the north side of Lake Nummy while lifeguards are on duty. Please check our swimming schedule prior to your visit. 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.
State Park Service areas open to hunting
Tree Stands and Blinds Policy
Parts of Belleplain State Forest are
open for hunting. For information about hunting, refer to the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest or contact the park office.
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