Trail Guides
Parvin State Park

701 Almond Road, Pittsgrove, NJ 08318
Phone: (856) 358-8616

OWNER:  NJ Department of Environmental Protection

DIRECTIONS:  Turn Right out of Elmer Lake WMA onto Route 40. Follow Route 40 for about 1.3 miles to Route 553. Turn Right onto 553, Buck Rd. After 5.5 miles turn Left onto Almond Rd. The State Park office is 1 mile down the road on your Right and the parking lot is on your Left.   Map
ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from dawn to dusk. Large parking area available on site.

Young naturalist learns about snakes at Parvin State Park
Young naturalist learns about snakes at Parvin State ParkPaul Taylor
SITE DESCRIPTION:  Parvin State Park comprises over 1,300 acres on the edge of the Pine Barrens. The park’s three lakes — Thundergust, Parvin and Muddy Run — are popular for fishing and boating, and swimming is allowed at Parvin Lake. There are numerous campsites and cabins available for rent. An extensive trail system winds through typical pinelands forest as well as hardwood swamp, which is an unusual and diminishing habitat specific for several rare and/or elusive species. In addition to great opportunities for wildlife watching, the park is also rich in history. It served as a station for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. It was a summer camp for children of displaced Japanese Americans, and a POW camp for German prisoners. Remains of Native American encampments can still be found throughout the park.

DON'T MISS:  a visit to the headquarters office where you can pick up trail guides and enjoy the interpretive wildlife display. Spend time with the knowledgeable staff and find out more about the seasonal wildlife viewing in the area.

Winter:  The park is relatively quiet during the winter, providing an opportunity for those who enjoy a peaceful walk in the woods. Visitors have a good chance of spotting white-tailed deer and various small mammals.
Spring:  Spring is spectacular in Parvin State Park as the mountain laurel, dogwood and magnolia trees blossom throughout the forest. The park attracts a variety of wood warblers, tanagers and orioles, and guided bird walks are held regularly.
Summer:  It is the busiest time of year at Parvin State Park as both humans and wildlife enjoy the rich natural habitat. A nature-trail walk can be combined with swimming, fishing or biking, or just about any other outdoor recreation. Top it off with a night of camping to experience the nocturnal side of the forest, with owls and frogs calling, and perhaps a glimpse of an eastern flying squirrel or eastern red bat.
Fall:  Immerse yourself in the spectacular display of fall foliage at Parvin State Park. The colorful trees reflecting on Parvin Lake provide a scenic backdrop for any outdoor excursion as well as opportunities for artistic photography.

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