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State Forest

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 user please type in the above address under Park Location or use the GPS coordinates below. Do not type in Bellplain state forest that will take you to a dirt road.

GPS Coordinates
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

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

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


  • 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.

Keep Your Forest Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep the parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Please bring a biodegradable bag with you when visiting to take your trash home. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Park Advisory

Visit and follow for the most recent information on park operations — some amenities may not be available due to COVID-19.

Park Hours

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

Park Map

Belleplain State Forest Area Map




Belleplain State Forest Area Map



Reserve a campsite at  Please note tent and trailer family campsites are available to reserve until December 15, 2020. Cabins, group cabins, shelters, lean-tos, group lean-tos, wilderness campsites, group campsites, primitive campsites, and primitive group campsites remain closed until further notice.

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 minimum

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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. 


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.


Closed for season.

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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