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Parvin State Park : Mountain Bike Trails
Southern Shore Region, New Jersey

Family / Wildlife / Romantic

Directions & Trail Description
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Location: Elmer Township, Salem County

Length/Configuration: 1,309 acres. Flat narrow woods roads and singletrack trails.

Terrain/Surface: Mostly flat. Dirt, hard sand, broken pavement.

Technical Difficulty: Anyone can enjoy this. Especially ideal for beginners and families with young children.

Caution: These are multi-use trails so expect hikers. It is your responsibility to ride safely and considerately. Check with Park Headquarters before you ride.



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From Route 55 north or south, take exit 35 and follow signs to the park, located between Centerton and Vineland on Route 540 (Almond Road).


General Description:

Parvin State Park, hidden in the southwestern part of New Jersey, is often overlooked. Situated on the edge of the Pine Barrens, this small, serene 1,309 acre park encompasses pine forests typical to the area and a swamp hardwood forest. You can easily make a day at Parvin a family mountain bike and swim combination. Begin your ride at Parvin Grove (Park Headquarters). Several miles of trail take you through the hardwood and cedar swamp habitats of this hidden gem.

In the spring, dogwood, laurel, magnolia, azaela, and over 200 kinds of herbaceous flowering plants burst into bloom. During spring migration, about 136 species of birds sing and breed in the surrounding trees and shrubbery. Parvin State Park is home to the state-threatened barred owl and the endangered swamp pink. Other wildlife include frogs, salamanders, turtles and some non-poisonous snakes. Deer and river otters can be spotted by the quiet observer along several of the areas foot trails.

Swimming is permitted in Parvin Lake only. Parvin Grove, on Lake Parvin offers a lifeguard-protected swimming beach. Facilities include a bathhouse, canoe & rowboat rentals, concession with food and beach supplies and picnic tables with grills at either end of the beach. There is a campground at Jaggers Point on the southern shores of Parvin Lake and cabins along Thundergurt Lake.


The Trails:

Several trails run through hardwood and Atlantic White Cedar swamps, pitch pine lowlands and upland pine and oak forests. They are well-maintained, mostly flat double-track, non-technical trails with some paved sections. It is the perfect place to take the first time rider. It's also a good way for couples to spend time together mountain biking in a place where you can enjoy the scenery and wildlife as well as get in a good workout.




For more information:

Parvin State Park:
701 Almond Road
Pittsgrove, NJ 08318-3928

Phone: (856) 358-8616
TTY: (800) 852-7899 (New Jersey Relay Service) or 711 (AT&T National Relay)
Website: Parvin State Park



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