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Parvin
State Park

Mailing Address:
701 Almond Road
Pittsgrove, NJ 08318-3928
(856) 358-8616

GPS Coordinates
DMS 39° 30’ 39.07” N 75° 07' 57.51" W

Size: 2,092 acres

Fees: Entrance fees are charged from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
NJ Resident Non-Resident  
N/A
N/A
weekdays
N/A
N/A
weekends
$ 2.00
$ 2.00
walk-in
*3 years of age and under free

Link to the Related Fees page

Directions:
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).

Facilities & Activities:
  • Camping
  • Nature Interpretive Programs
  • Visitors Center
  • Swimming (Parvin Lake): bathhouse (with access for people with disabilities)
  • Boating/canoeing:
    electric motors only, trailer launch, cartop launch
  • Picnic tables, group
    picnic facilities,
    group picnic shelter, food concession
  • Fishing
  • Hunting

Trails:

  • Hiking
  • Nature trails
  • Biking
  • Wheelchair accessible trail
 

 

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.

This 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.

Keep Your Park Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks 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
Park Office: Open Sun-Sat 8:30AM-4PM

Parvin State Park Map

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.

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

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 October 31. New Jersey Residents: $20 per night; Non-Residents: $25 per night.

Pet Friendly Campsites

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 October 31. 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.

Cabins: 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.
Four-bunk cabins:New Jersey Residents: $55 per night; $385 per week; Non-Residents: $65 per night; $455 per week.

Six-bunk cabins: New Jersey Residents: $75 per night; $525 per week; Non-Residents: $85 per night; $595 per week.

Campground Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)

Cabin Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Cabin Map (High resolution for printing purposes) File Size: 240 KB

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.

Homeowners Firewood Program

Through the Homeowner Firewood Program, the Division of Parks and Forestry opens up state land to individuals interested in cutting firewood for personal use. New Jersey residents have the opportunity to cut firewood at participating state parks and forests for resident $25 a cord while supplies last.

The program runs from October 1st to December 16th.

Homeowners Firewood Program Application form*

Homeowners Firewood Program Information Sheet*

*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat

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.

Swimming

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. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach.

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Boating

A public boat launch ramp is located at Fisherman's Landing. The launch ramp is available from sunrise to sunset year round. Parvin Lake is electric motor only. From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, required permits can be purchased at the park office.

New Jersey Resident $12 per launch

Non-Resident $20 per launch

Daily

New Jersey Resident $60

Non-Resident $80

Annual

Picnicking

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.

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:

New Jersey Resident $125 per day

Non-Resident $175 per day

April - October
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

Hunting

State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2014-2015

Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Related Links

Parvin State Park Appreciation Committee

The Parvin State Park Appreciation Committee was organized to promote the use of the park by the public and to educate visitors on its rich history and by providing volunteer support of labor and equipment to help maintain the park in a safe manner.

 

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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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