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Belleplain State Forest is an excellent place for people to reconnect with nature and admire the beautiful pine, oak, and white cedar trees that mainly make up the forest. Located just outside of Woodbine, New Jersey, Belleplain State Forest is easily accessible for most vehicles, including longer motorhomes. Even if you don't own an RV, you can always book an RV in Cape May County and spend a few days camping at Belleplain State Forest.
While you have your rental RV, head over to Ocean City and see the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean City is just over 30 minutes from Belleplain State Forest. Bridgeton is a charming city roughly 40 minutes from the state forest and is well worth exploring after you're all done RV camping.
The activities in this vast state forest are truly endless. If you fancy a hike, choose a route from more than 50 miles of trails. Got kids in your camping crew? Check out the variety of natural and historical interpretive programs offered by the park staff while camping at Belleplain State Forest. The park offers programs for all ages. Program sign-ups are at the Nature/Interpretive Center. Fees may apply to certain programs. A Junior Ranger Program allows children to earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate of completion once they've completed the program.
Swimming is a popular pastime in the summer, so pack the swimsuits and sunscreen in your RV rental and get ready to beat the heat. Swimming is allowed only on the north side of Lake Nummy and only while there are lifeguards on duty. There's a swimming schedule available at the park office with days and times lifeguards are on duty. The beach house comes complete with restrooms, concessions, and changing area.
Belleplain State Forest also allows hunting in specific areas. There are 20,800 acres open for hunting small game such as squirrel and raccoon, as well as waterfowl, turkey, and deer. Many hunters will camp at Belleplain State Forest to get an early start on finding the prime location to hunt. Hunters need a hunting license prior to bagging any game in the state of New Jersey. The park has policies regarding the use of tree stands and blinds; be sure to adhere closely with this policy to avoid fines and possible expulsion from Belleplain State Forest.
Motorhome camping is a great way to get away from home but still have all the creature comforts you're used to. Belleplain State Forest has 169 campsites spread across three campgrounds that accommodate tents and RVs up to 40 feet long. Flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities are all within walking distance of each campsite. The park provides a picnic table and a fire ring for each campsite. A dump station is available from March through November.
If state park RV campgrounds are little too primitive for your tastes, then check out Lake and Shore RV Resort in Ocean View. All campsites have lake, canal, creek, or ocean frontage. A small store is located at the RV park for guests to stock up on essentials. Modern restrooms and showers are centrally located. Laundry facilities are near the store.
Driftwood RV Resort and Campground in Cape May Court House is a gated RV park, giving guests a sense of added security. All guests can enjoy Wi-Fi and cable TV, and an on-site camp store makes it easy to restock your motorhome camping supplies. Laundry facilities are available at the RV park for a fee. Modern restrooms and showers are located within walking distance of most campsites. Guests will have beach access from the RV park.
After spending time camping near Belleplain State Forest, take a short road trip and visit the Cohanzick Zoo in Bridgeton. Opened to the public in 1934, New Jersey's first state zoo is home to dozens of animals and over 45 species. The informative talks and fun events make this an excellent outing for the pint-sized campers.
If you're fascinated with history and lighthouses, visit the East Point Lighthouse in Heislerville. The East Point Lighthouse was formerly known as the Maurice River Light but was renamed in 1913. Built in 1849, the lighthouse sits are the mouth of the Maurice River. In 1941, the lighthouse was deemed unnecessary and decommissioned by the Coast Guard. It quickly fell into disrepair. Local residents of Heislerville founded the Maurice River Historical Society in 1971 and began restoring the East Point Lighthouse. Today, visitors come from across the United States to see this historic lighthouse.
Aviation buffs will appreciate the Millville Army Air Field Museum located in Millville. The museum is less than 30 minutes from Belleplain State Forest, so people camping with an RV can drive over and wander through this historic museum and airstrip. Photo exhibits depict the amazing changes airplanes have undergone since the 1930s.