Belleplain State Forest: Meisle Field and CCC Camp Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Unassuming and modest compared with their private cousins that pervade the nearby Cape May Peninsula, the campgrounds of Belleplain State Forest oﬀer a respite from the Jersey Shore’s dense RV lifestyle. Belleplain, with its 20,000 acres, is not the southernmost of New Jersey’s state parks, but it does contain the three southernmost public campgrounds. It’s the closest tent campers can get to Cape May without sacriﬁcing their wilderness experience for more-organized, close-knit fun. Belleplain is located within the Pinelands National Reserve, a unique ecosystem also known as the Pine Barrens.
Belleplain’s centerpiece, 26-acre Lake Nummy, was the Meisle family’s cranberry bog before 1933, when the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Reforestation Relief Act transformed it. Three separate camps were set up, and the CCC got to work digging and constructing. Lake Nummy was then called Meisle Lake and was later renamed after a Lenni Lenape Indian chief."