The diverse woodlands of Parvin State Park, situated on the edge of the Pine Barrens in Pittsgrove, feature more than 200 varieties of flowering plants.
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Parvin State Park
Pittsgrove (Salem County)
Size of park: 1,952 acres
Situated on the edge of the Pine Barrens, Parvin is home to diverse woodlands—everything from a pine wilderness to swampland to hardwood forests. Factor in more than 200 varieties of flowering plants and Parvin adds up to a nature lover’s delight, particularly in the fall and spring.
“It’s very secluded and quiet out here,” says Mary Munson, Parvin’s customer service representative. “But it’s also six miles from downtown Vineland and Bridgeton, so you still have easy access to any amenities you might need.”
Between April 1 and October 31, visitors have several options for immersing themselves in Parvin’s seclusion. The park has eighteen cabins located on the north shore of the 15-acre Thundergust Lake, each with a furnished living room, a fireplace or wood-burning stove, a kitchen with running water, and other amenities. For a more rustic experience, there are 56 tent and trailer sites on the south shore of the 95-acre Parvin Lake.
Year round, visitors can kayak, canoe, or row on the two lakes. Fishing is allowed in all seasons, but swimming is limited to the summer months. There are also more than fifteen miles of novice hiking trails. It would be easy to while away an entire weekend here.
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