Belleplain State Forest Has Great May Events

Belleplain State Forest is one of Cape May County’s gems. The massive state forest, pioneered by the Army Corps of Engineers during the Great Depression, boasts inexpensive camping opportunities, lots of great hikes, a beautiful lake with a swimming beach, kayak rentals, and lots of great events all year long. Step away from the beaches and onto the trails with one of these great May events hosted by Belleplain staff.  

Call the park office at 609.861.2404 with any questions

Belleplain Birding Field Trip  

Sunday, May 5 + 12, and Wednesday, May 8 + 15 

Join Belleplain Naturalists for a roughly 3-hour driving tour to prime breeding habitats. Bring your own binoculars! The cost is $5 per vehicle – carpooling is encouraged! 

South Jersey Astronomy Club Nightwatch  

Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. 

Lake Nummy Athletic Field 

Once in Belleplain State Forest, just follow the signs to the public parking lot (free) and then walk the short distance on to the observing field. Telescopes will be set up to give beautiful views of objects in the night sky! Just walk up to any telescope and ask a SJAC member what they are viewing and if you can take a look. Please dress appropriately on cold nights. Consider bug spray on warm nights. Only RED flashlights are allowed on the field. 

Dog Hike 

Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. 

Meet at the park office 

Meet Megan by 10 a.m. for a hike with her and her furry friends! This is the last dog hike until fall – wear tick spray! Come walk with your fellow dog lovers. Bring leashed dogs and be ready to pick up any refuse.  

Thursday Hikes 

Thursday, May 16 + 30 at 10 a.m.

Meet at the Belleplain park office on May 16, and at the Nature Center on May 30

Come ready for a beautiful morning hike, guided by a park employee. See Belleplain’s beautiful trail systems and learn about the plants and wildlife you see around you.  

Full Moon Hike 

Friday, May 24 at 9 p.m. 

Meet at the park office

Come see Belleplain’s trails lit up by the glowing moon. Wear appropriate footwear and be ready for this guided group hike.