Explore Water and Wildlife in Parvin State Park on Your Next Vacation
Set deep within the pine forests of southwest New Jersey, Parvin State Park is great Eastern Seaboard outdoor destination. Experience the tranquility of Thundergust Lake, visit wild swamps home to a range of unique flora and fauna, and hike to your heart's content. Additionally, Parvin State Park cabins are a convenient base from which to explore everything this special park has to offer.
Best Hiking Trails in Parvin State Park
Located on the edge of the vast Pine Barrens, Parvin State Park has a variety of scenic trails suitable for hikers of all ages and experience levels. The majority of these trails are accessible year-round. Should you plan your trip in winter, be sure to check out the coziest options among the selection of nearby Parvin State Park cabins.
This 5.4mi. trail is well-suited to younger members of your group thanks to its flat terrain. Skirting Parvin Lake and heading into the pines, there's also ample opportunity to see many beautiful wildflowers.
With excellent views of Thundergust Lake, this 3.5mi. trail is a favorite for wildlife spotters and birders. This undemanding trail is also great for kids or those with limited mobility.
A 2.9mi. trail with a combination of paved paths and dirt roads, this route is also popular with mountain bikers. There are two footbridges that allow you to cross Muddy Run, and plenty of local flora and fauna to spot along the way.
Best Family Activities in Parvin State Park
Parvin State Park hotels give you and your family excellent access to a variety of exciting activities in the park. From lakeside afternoons at Muddy Run to days spent deep within the Pine Barrens in search of your favorite flowers, you'll find excursions to keep everyone happy.
All three lakes within Parvin State Park offer excellent boating opportunities, with canoes and kayaks available to rent. A fun activity for families and small groups, getting out on the water also allows you to explore the park from a different perspective.
Swimming is only permitted in Parvin Lake. However, the size of the lake means it rarely gets too busy. There are also sandy beaches for you to relax on when the weather is good.
The park's diversity of species means there's plenty to spot for keen wildlife watchers. The park is home to over 200 species of flowering plants, for example, and hundreds of types of birds within the pine forests. Be sure to pack your binoculars!
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