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Parvin State Park
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Parvin State Park © Leroy Hickman Jr
Parvin State Park Solitude ©
Enjoying a quiet trip around the Lake
Parvin State Park Rental Cabin ©
Rental Cabins are located around Thundergust Lake
Parvin State Park Bathing Beach ©
The Beach at Parvin State Park as seen from the Fishing Dock across the Lake.
Parvin State Park Flood Gates ©
Located at Eastern end of Lake
Parvin State Park Playground ©
Childrens Recreation Area
Parvin State Park Canadian Geese ©
Parvin State Park Hiking Trail ©
Plenty of Hiking Trails wind throughout the Park.
Parvin State Park Hiking ©
Another Trail leading away from the Flood Gates
Parvin State Park Hiking ©
Entrance to Hiking Trail near the Cabin area at Thundergust Lake.
Parvin State Park Wide View ©
This shot gives you an idea of the Lakes actual size, viewed from the Fishing area toward the Bathing Beach.
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701 Almond Road
Pittsgrove, New Jersey   08318-3928

Phone: 856-358-8616
Reservations: 856-358-8616
Hidden in the southwestern part of the state is Parvin State Park, a park whose history is as varied as its wildlife. Situated on the edge of the Pine Barrens, the park not only has pine forests typical to the area but also a swamp hardwood forest. Spring bursts out in bright colors and rich fragrances with blossoming dogwood, laurel, holly, magnolia, wild azalea and over 200 kinds of flowering plants. Thundergust Lake, Parvin Lake and Muddy Run are popular for fishing and boating. Swimming is allowed in Parvin Lake only.
History of the Area
Parvin State Park served as home for the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 to 1941, a summer camp for the children of displaced Japanese Americans in 1943, a POW camp for German prisoners in 1944 and temporary housing for the Kalmycks who fled their homelands in Eastern Europe in 1952. From the park's early history, there are still the remains of ancient American Indian encampments, both temporary and permanent.
18 cabins each with furnished living room with a fireplace or woodburning stove; outdoor campfire rings; two bedrooms to accommodate 4 people; kitchen with running water, electric stove, refrigerator; bathroom with sink, toilet and shower; electricity; brick patio with table and grill. Two of the cabins are accessible for persons with disabilities and offer accommodations for 6 people. Playground available. Cabins are located on the north shore of Thundergust Lake. Open April 1 through October 31.
Campsites: 56 tent and trailer sites with fire rings, picnic tables, lantern hooks and a playground available. Six people and two vehicles per site. Flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities are within walking distance. Facilities available for people with disabilities. Trailer sanitary station. Located on the south shore of Parvin Lake. Open April 1 through November 30.

Group campsites: Four group sites; 25 people per site; total capacity: 100. Flush toilets, water, fire rings, picnic tables, one shelter. Located on south shore of Parvin Lake. Open April 1 through November 30.
A lifeguard staffed swimming beach is provided at Parvin Grove, which is located on Parvin Lake. Parking areas, bathhouse, first-aid station, canoe rental and a concession offering refreshment, novelties and beach supplies are all conveniently located nearby. Picnic Groves with tables and grills and playgrounds are located on either side of the beach. Swimming is provided from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area.

Parvin State Park is located near Berlin, Bridgeton and Elmer

Several picnic areas with table and grills are located throughout the Park. For larger groups, we also offer two reservable picnic areas at Thundergust Lake, 100 people per pavilion; total capacity 200. Flush toilets, water, grills, picnic tables, activity and ball fields available.Open April 1 through October 31.

Group picnicking reservations are required for weekday events. A party of 20 or more people constitutes a group. They may be reserved for a fee:

$50.00 per day, per area

Group Picnic Cancellation Fee: 50 percent of 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.
Area Attractions
Parvin Natural Area (465 acres)

Situated at the edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, the Parvin Natural Area combines many of the characteristics and species of southern New Jersey and the Pine Barrens. Several trails run through the hardwood and Atlantic white cedar swamps, pitch pine lowlands and upland pine and oak forests. Parvin is home to the state-threatened barred owl and the endangered swamp pink.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 12 relax see bald eagles and smell campfire
park review stars; one to five My husband and I have been walking the trails at Parvin State Park for 5 years now. The trails are clearly marked and protruding tree roots are marked, making it safer for those that are not as sure footed. Blueberries and virburnum were plentiful on our last walk.
April 17 A favorite of mine...
park review stars; one to five Camped at Parvin for the first time in 2011. Went three times...May, June and September. I love the fact that the camping area is located away from the roads, so you can enjoy some peace & quiet (unlike the Atsion campsite @ Wharton). I love hiking the trails and even enjoying my morning coffee at Jaggers Point near the lake, as the sun rises. I will say that unfortunately a lot of trash accumulates around the lake area as the summer goes on, but overall a great camping experience in NJ. Also, I had a paranormal experience (ghost activity?) during my May visit. It may have had something to do with the parks historic past.
April 17 Learning about the Flora and Fauna by Wendy
park review stars; one to five Every Sunday afternoon a very kind, knowledgeable gentleman takes all who wish to come for a walk around the park and shares his lifetime of learning. One day, a very enthusiastic, teenage birder,David, heard in the white cedar forest the sound of a barr owl. None but our guide had ever heard this sound. This owl is rare and needs specific protected tracts of cedar forests to survive. Parvins apparently still provides such a habitat. Thank you State of New Jersey for continuing to support such a great place for all of us. Thank you Mr. Paul E. Taylor for giving your time and years of experience to our ragtail group.
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From Route 55 north or south, take exit 35 and follow signs to the park.The Park is located between Centerton and Vineland on Route 540 (Almond Road).

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