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Belleplain
State Forest

Location:
Cape May and Cumberland Counties

Mailing Address:

County Route 550
P.O. Box 450
Woodbine, NJ 08270
(609) 861-2404

Park Location:
1 Henkinsifkin Road
Woodbine, NJ 08270

GPS Coordinates
DMS 39° 14’ 56.62” N 74° 50' 28.29" W

Size: 21,254 acres

Fees: Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

New Jersey Resident $5.00
Non-Resident $10.00

weekdays
New Jersey Resident $10.00
Non-Resident $20.00
weekends
Link to the Related Fees page 

Directions:
The forest can be reached via the Garden State Parkway by taking exit 17 southbound (exit 17) to Routes 9 and 550 or exit 13 northbound. Highway signs are provided to guide the motorist to the forest.

Facilities & Activities:
  • Interpretive center
  • Camping
  • Fishing, trapping, hunting
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Picnicking picnic tables, softball field, playground, food concession
  • Boating/canoeing:
    electric motors only, trailer launch on East Creek Pond. Cartop launch, canoe rentals, floating dock on Lake Nummy
  • Swimming in Lake Nummy, shower facility
  • Winter sports: ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing
  • Corson's Inlet State Park

Trails:

  • Hiking
  • Nature trails (trail guide available at office)
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Biking
  • Physical fitness trail
 

 

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.

Picnicking
Camping
Hunting
Swimming
Keep Your Forest Clean

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.

Park Hours

Open daily sunrise to sunset
Office Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Camping: Open year round

Belleplain State Forest Map


Mount Pleasant State Off-Road Vehicle Park

This property was acquired in November of 2011 from the former Mount Pleasant Sand and Gravel Pit off Route 610 in Woodbine, Cape May County.  This property was a former 3/4 mile motor-cross track until it was converted into a paintball course in 2007. The terrain and course at this park is suited for beginner and intermediate-level off road vehicle users. The future private operator of the park will have the potential to expand the size of the course within the non-wetlands and threatened and endangered species acreage.

Mount Pleasant State Off-Road Vehicle Park

Camping

The Department of Environmental Protection, State Park Service is pleased to announce through ReserveAmerica our new reservation system for all overnight facilities within the New Jersey State Parks and Forests. Reservations are now available online or through the ReserveAmerica call center.

Online reservations can be made 7 days per week/24 hours a day at ReserveAmerica. To make a reservation through the call center, please contact ReserveAmerica at 1-855-607-3075 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from April 1st through October 31st. Beginning November 1st through March 31st, hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 

We anticipate our visitors will be pleased with our new streamlined reservation system as it provides greater flexibility in searching and reserving available overnight facilities. 

For forms and information on booking a campsite visit our: reservations page

Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities with the exception of Pet Friendly Campsites.

Beginning January 1, 2014, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged for all walk-in overnight reservations.

Pet Friendly Campsites - Now taking reservations

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. Campsites open all year. New Jersey 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 75 people. Open all year. New Jersey Residents: $3 per person, per night; Non-Residents: $5 per person, per night. We highly recommend that group leaders carefully estimate their group size so not to over estimate as refunds cannot be made later.

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. ADA Accessible. Open all year. New Jersey Residents: $40 per night; Non-Residents: $45 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. New Jersey Residents: $175 per night; Two-night minimum; Non-Residents: $185 per night; Two-night minimum

Yurts: Five yurts. Circular tents built on a wood frame, featuring wood floors, a deck and plexiglass skylight. Each yurt has a lockable wood door, window screens and flaps, and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Accessible to persons with disabilities. New Jersey Residents: $35 per night; Non-Residents: $40 per night.

Campground Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
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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. 

Picnicking

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.

Non-Resident $65 per day, plus applicable parking fees.

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

New Jersey Resident $80 per day

Non-Resident $90 per day

Day After Labor Day to Friday Before Memorial Day
50 percent of Fee
Group 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

Interpretive Programs

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

Swimming is permitted on the north side of Lake Nummy from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty. 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.

Hunting

State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2013-2014

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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Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Michele Buckley of the State Park Service.

 

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Last Updated: August 7, 2013

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