Belleplain State Forest: Belleplain Circular Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Chief Nummy and his band of Lenni-Lenape Indians hiked through this area of the southern Pine Barrens many times, and some of it has been protected as Belleplain State Forest and the Pinelands Preserve. Today it includes 2320 acres of upland and wetland forest, bogs, lakes, and meadows.
Bring a magnifying glass for a closeup look at sphagnum moss and cinnamon fern, or bring binoculars for spotting birds such as the bald eagle and warblers as they dart in and out of the underbrush. A swim in Lake Nummy is just the ticket after hiking on a hot day, but it’s best to come during fall or winter to minimize exposure to mosquitoes, chiggers, and ticks.
Wear long sleeves and pants year-round to safeguard against overgrown shrubs and overeager insects. Although this hike is on fairly level trails, be prepared to exert a great deal of energy in places where the sandy trail is soft."