From a locational and transportation
perspective, the Borough is well situated with easy access to the
Garden State Parkway. This proximity to the Garden State Parkway as
well as Route 9 makes Woodbine a short drive from such southern New
Jersey resorts as Ocean City, Cape May, Wildwood, and Atlantic City as
well as State Highway Routes 49 and 47, which provide access to
Philadelphia, Wilmington, and the entire Northeast corridor.
Furthermore, its location in southern New
Jersey is convenient because it is within a three hour drive of New
York and a 70 minute drive from Philadelphia. The Borough is not
over-developed as are some of the nearby shore communities and the area
still retains the abundant natural and wildlife resources that have
allowed it to develop into a unique community that some consider the
Gateway to the Pinelands. Others call it the Gateway to the
Shore—all dependent upon one's perspective!
Belleplain State Forest
The Borough of Woodbine is located in part in Belleplain State Forest,
one of the region's most important assets. It connects to the Borough
via Route 550. The bike path that exists along DeHirsch Avenue (Route
550) connects to the State Forest via Washington Avenue (through the
Woodbine Town Center). The State Forest serves as the western-most node
in the development of Woodbine as a destination for outdoor/
recreational purposes. Some of the activities that take place within
the State Park, such as fishing, hunting, and boating are economic
engines for growth within Woodbine via services catering to this
outdoor population's needs.
to the State Forest are a number of equestrian farms which provide
training, boarding, and equestrian shows and are able to take advantage
of an extensive trail system for horseback riding and hiking.