Parvin State Park



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Park Overview:

Hidden in the southwestern part of the state is Parvin State Park, a park whose history is as varied as its wildlife.  Damage from a June 2012 storm will keep the park closed indefinitely (see Comment below)

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:5 miles
Park Acreage:1952 acres
Park Description:

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.

Trails Overview:

There is a 4.6-mile loop walk using the Parvin Lake Trail, Long Trail, and Thundergust Lake Trail.

Check the website of the Parvin State Park Appreciation Committee, Inc for a trail map and more information.


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).

Contact Information:Parvin State Park
Fees:Yes, click on 'Contact Information' for further information

Comment: Please be relevant, civil, non-commercial.

Park to remain closed for safety reasons

Following is the beginning text from a NJDEP news release:

"Parvin State Park in Salem County will remain closed indefinitely for safety reasons as work crews continue a massive cleanup effort to deal with devastation caused by a storm with vicious winds that tore through the park early Saturday morning, killing two young campers.

Hundreds of trees were toppled by the storm, blocking roads and trails, damaging cabins and other park structures, and downing power lines in the park. Power remains out at the park today. The National Weather Service said wind gusts exceeding 80 mph accompanied the storm on Saturday.

“Safety is our top priority,’’ said Rich Boornazian, DEP Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources. “We are working hard to get this park opened as soon as possible. We know a lot of people had plans to camp, hike, picnic and swim at the park for the Fourth of July holiday. But we cannot reopen at Parvin until we are sure of the safety of our visitors.’’

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For updates click on the park's Contact Information above.