National Parks / Natural World

Parvin State Park Pittsgrove

Where is it at?

View on Google Maps

Parvin State Park
701 Almond Rd.
Pittsgrove
NJ
08318
Tel: 856 358 8616

Where are we going today?

Do you want to know what is really special about Parvin State Park? Can you guess? What if we told you that this beautiful New Jersey state park, hidden in the southwestern park of the state, actually has a history that is just as amazing as the wildlife? So not only can kids have an outdoor adventure, but a history lesson at the same time!

Parvin State Park is located on the edge of the Pine Barrens, and once served as a home for the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 to 1941. Pretty amazing isn't it? It was also the summer camp for the children of those displaced Japanese Americans back in 1943, as well as a POW camp for German prisoners in 1944. How amazing is that? There is so much history within the park, it's worth reading up on it before you visit!

But of course you are going to have fun, so why don't we explore what there is to do at Parvin State Park?

One of the most popular reasons families visit the state park is Parvin Lake, and the swimming beach at Parvin Grove. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months, so parents don't need to worry about their kids swimming - they are well looked after!

There is a public boat launch ramp, and kayaks are available to rent seasonally too!

Picnicking is a popular activity too - and why wouldn't you when you see the nature that you get to enjoy lunch in!

Don't forget your walking shoes, because there are trails too that can take you through some amazing landscapes, from swamps, to lowlands and oak forests. Kids - make sure you try and spot the local wildlife!

An amazing family day out in New Jersey at Parvin State Park!

Email attraction

How much does it cost?

  • Adults$2 Memorial to Labor Day. Free rest of year
  • ChildrenSame as adult
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Sunrise to Sunset, daily

All year round

I'm Hungry!

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. .

Healthy Eating!

Aways take plenty of bottled water with you to stay hydrated, especially out on the trails.

Any Top Tips?

If you don't have a tent or a trailer, you can still camp by hiring one of their 18 cabins!.

Doing our bit

They like to keep you safe, so from Memorial Day to Labor Day they have a certified lifeguard on duty, as well as a first aid station.

Need a little extra help?

The trail is wheelchair and wobbly little cyclist friendly!.

Can I get one of those?

They sell beach supplies at the swimming area.

More information

They operate a carry in / carry out policy to keep the forest clean, so help them out by picking up after yourself when you leave!.

What people are saying?

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Just stayed for 3 days. The bathroom near the group campsite was very clean. We rented one of the group sites and got lots of exercise carrying our gear to it but that is what being out in nature is all about. Exercise!!!. We had an awesome time and loved everything: the bugs in our tea, the dirty feet, the cold at night, the trees, the sound of the birds, the lake. It was an awesome experience...and I really mean it. I felt like a kid. Nothing taste as good as food cooked outside and we all were sad to leave. Cass

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    What a shame a Beautiful Campground, has the most disgusting Bathrooms I have ever seen, Port a Potties are better then these bathrooms. Checked in on Saturday and figured OK weekend people haven't gotten to it, well here it is Monday afternoon and the same trash in the bathrooms is still in there, no toilet paper, no hand towels and no soap, and nothing has been cleaned, actually they look like they have not been cleaned properly in over a year, someone came in and changed one trash can on Sunday. Now lets talk about the Trash Dumpsters outside...Read More

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Parvin State Peak is, indeed, a beautiful park for hikers/walkers and nature lovers alike. However, my review is about cabin reservations. Those in charge of reservations at Parvin State Park ought to be fired, or at least ashamed of themselves, although I sadly feel assured that neither will happen.

    Some mutual friends had reserved two cabins for a weekend in May and October this year. (They have been renting cabins at Parvin for a few years now.) They made their reservations last year for this year, early enough to assure getting one, as...Read More

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Me and my family have been going there since the early 70's it was about 30 years but I got to go back this past October what a walk back in time for me the cabins haven't changed their great I love this place and I will be going every year from here on out

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Love parvin, been going since I was a,little girl. This was something my family could always afford to do. Only costs a couple of dollars in the summer to swim. Great and affordable snack bar. I was just there yesterday and hiked the 3 mile loop. Beautiful scenery all along the trails. Cant beat it!

Submit a review

by Melissa Meisle

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5

What a shame a Beautiful Campground, has the most disgusting Bathrooms I have ever seen, Port a Potties are better then these bathrooms. Checked in on Saturday and figured OK weekend people haven't gotten to it, well here it is Monday afternoon and the same trash in the bathrooms is still in there, no toilet paper, no hand towels and no soap, and nothing has been cleaned, actually they look like they have not been cleaned properly in over a year, someone came in and changed one trash can on Sunday. Now lets talk about the Trash Dumpsters outside the bathroom, that are over flowing with trash, and attracting every species of animal in a 2 mile radius!!!! NJ we have the highest taxes in the nation, can someone please clean the Bathrooms in our State Parks so when people from out of state, don't say Ewww NJ is disgusting!!!

by Terry Berge

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5

Parvin State Peak is, indeed, a beautiful park for hikers/walkers and nature lovers alike. However, my review is about cabin reservations. Those in charge of reservations at Parvin State Park ought to be fired, or at least ashamed of themselves, although I sadly feel assured that neither will happen.

Some mutual friends had reserved two cabins for a weekend in May and October this year. (They have been renting cabins at Parvin for a few years now.) They made their reservations last year for this year, early enough to assure getting one, as the cabins go fast. There were no problems at the time of making the reservation and the proper amounts were withdrawn from their bank accounts for both cabins and both weekends. We went there in May, no problems.

When we went there in October (yesterday, as of this writing), it turned out that both cabins had been rented to other parties. Two cabins rented, paid in full, and expected to be waiting for us had been rented to other parties.

All of the planning everyone had to do prior to this weekend, including taking off from work (with monies that could have been made not being made), and the money spent for food was just shot in the you-know-where. Most of us traveled 30 miles or more to get there.

To begin with, bumping people out of reservations should not happen. Yes, it has happened -- according to a park police officer, this has happened before -- but it should not. You paid for it, you should get it. Period. My friends received absolutely no notice from Parvin in any way, shape, or form about their actions. Their monies were taken, and they have to get a lawyer now the get reimbursed, but the cabins were not delivered.

If this is what people looking to reserve cabins -- people who have reserved there before -- have to deal with, then no one should reserve cabins there. Perhaps the same is true for the campsites as well, I don't know for certain, but a reservation is a reservation.

Very unethical in its business practices, Parvin State Park is to be avoided for camping.

Not found what you're looking for?