Located in Pittsgrove Township, just to the south of Elmer, in New Jersey, Parvin State Park is an absolute gem with its majestic pine forests and unique swamp hardwood forest. Book an RV in Salem County and spend some time exploring the untamed forests of Parvin State Park.
Camping in an RV near the park gives you the opportunity to unplug from life and relax on Thundergust Lake or Parvin Lake. Millville is only about a 20-minute drive from the park’s entrance and is a great place to shop for the essentials you'll need when camping at Parvin State Park. Halfway between Parvin State Park and Millville sits Vineland, a small town with quaint restaurants and shops.
There's no better way to cool off during the summer heat than taking a dip in the water. Swimming is a favorite activity at Parvin State Park during the summer. Parvin Grove, a swimming beach on Parvin Lake, is staffed with lifeguards and is open to park guests during specific times. Swimming is not permitted when there's no lifeguard on duty. Parvin Grove also offers a bathhouse, canoe rentals, concession stand, and first-aid station.
RV camping near Parvin State Park is a great way for hunters to ensure they're out in the field when the first rays of the sun rise. There are 320 acres specifically set up for hunting within Parvin State Park. Visitors can hunt for small game, deer, turkey, and waterfowl. Hunting is permitted only in designated, clearly marked areas within the state park. Every hunter is required to stay within the parameters set by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. A valid New Jersey hunting license is required.
Parvin State Park campers also flock here to spend a few days lazing on the water. Parvin Lake only allows electric motorboats and human-powered watercraft. The public boat launch at Fisherman’s Landing is open from sunrise to sunset all year. Boat permits are required from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. You can purchase a permit at the park office.
Camping at Parvin State Park
State park RV campgrounds allow you to meet some interesting people and make new friends. Parvin State Park has more than 55 campsites complete with picnic tables, fire rings, and lantern hooks. Amenities include centrally located restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. A dump station is available on the south shore of Parvin Lake. The campground is open from April to October.
During the peak season, state park RV campgrounds can fill up fast. Check out the Four Seasons Family Campground in Pilesgrove if Parvin State Park can't accommodate you. This campground has full hookups with electric, water, and sewer. Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring. A camp store has all the essentials needed for motorhome camping in style.
The Old Cedar Campground in Monroeville is another good option when camping with a motorhome. This campground has large wooded campsites and full hookups with water, electric, and sewer. A bathhouse and laundromat are located within walking distance of each campsite. The campground has a camp store where you can stock up on essentials and souvenirs.
Exploring the Area
While you're exploring Parvin State Park, plan on extending your road trip and head over to Fort Mott State Park in Pennsville. Fort Mott was formerly a part of the Harbor Defenses of Delaware in the 1800s. Today, visitors can explore the old batteries by following the interpretive signs that detail the history of the fort. The Delaware River flows just beyond the fort and has a majestic shoreline excellent for picnicking and photos.
Make time to tour the award-winning winery in Pilesgrove. This vineyard has over 19 acres of grapes that are cultivated to produce a variety of red and white wines. Guests can tour the vineyard and then settle into the tasting room to learn about the wine-making process and sample some of the wines created on-site. The tour generally lasts about an hour and a half.
History buffs will want to travel to Pennsville and visit the Finns Point National Cemetery. This United States National Cemetery is situated at the north end of the Fort Mott Military Reservation, adjacent to Fort Mott State Park. The cemetery is surrounded by Killchohook National Wildlife Refuge. The site served as the burial place for about 2,500 Confederate prisoners of war who died during their imprisonment at Fort Delaware. The Union Monument still stands tall in the Finns Point National Cemetery. It was installed in 1879 to remember the 135 Union guards that died while on duty at Fort Delaware and were buried at the cemetery. In 1910, the United States government commissioned the Confederate Monument to memorialize the soldiers of the Confederate Army buried there.