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 more than 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.
Facilities and activities include camping, nature interpretive programs, visitors center, 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 and fishing.Trails are available for hiking, nature trails, biking, wheelchair accessible trail.
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 – Nov. 30.
Pet friendly campsites now available.
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 –Nov. 30.
Cabins: 18 cabins each with furnished living room with a fireplace or wood burning stove. Outdoor campfire rings, two bedrooms to accommodate four 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 six. Playground available. Cabins are located on the north shore of Thundergust Lake. Open April 1 – Oct. 31.