New Jersey: A Springtime Bike Overnight in the Pines

Blue skies greeted us on this scenic, out-and-back bike overnight from Batsto Village, NJ to New Jersey's Parvin State Park.

Bicycle Adventurers: Kathy and Larry

When: April 16 and 17, 2016

Accommodations: The campground at Parvin State Park.

Distance: We rode 45 miles on Saturday and chose a slightly different return route of 38 miles on Sunday.


  • Quiet, flat roads and excellent preparation for our planned summer trip.
  • New Jersey is the largest grower of blueberries and we passed an abundance of blueberry fields being readied for the crop. Unfortunately, they were not ready to eat!
  • Also, as the “Garden State,” we rode through New Jersey's plentiful farms.

Day One

It was a quiet, energizing ride, with the wind at our backs. We sailed along eastward, admiring the scenery, getting the feel of the loaded bikes, and working out the kinks in our gear and our bodies. When we arrived at Parvin State Park, the campground was quiet with only a few campers out on a nice spring weekend. Temperatures dipped into the 30's that night and every piece of our cold weather clothing was needed for this mid-April bike overnight.

Day Two

Sunday warmed quickly and we were off on our return trip. We took a few different roads back. Traveling through the city of Vineland on a Sunday morning was interesting as we passed numerous churches and heard Sunday bells chiming as we rode along. Along one deserted road, we saw what we thought was a bobcat in the woods but it ran away so fast we could not get a picture to confirm our sighting. We hit some headwinds on our trip back, but I have mastered the art of drafting, which made for a much easier ride.

This was an excellent ride in preparation for our big trip this summer. The roads were kind to us as we traveled on our loaded bikes for the first time in a couple of years!

Your favorite local bike shop? Marty's Reliable Cycle in Randolph, NJ 



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3 responses so far ↓

David Luttenberger - May 2, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Sounds like a great ride. I've biked to and stayed overnight at Parvin many times. Downside is Parvin makes you pay for two nights if you book on a weekend even if you only stay one night. BellePlain State Park doesn't have that same requirement.

Borky - May 2, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Sounds like a lovely jaunt!

Daniel F - May 2, 2016 at 7:41 PM

BellePlain was filled with riff raff when i stayed there a few years ago. noisy urban folks with no respect for their fellow campers.

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