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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Newburyport, MA
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Like Going to Another World

If you want to experience unspoiled ocean beauty with no civilization in sight, this is the place... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Greater Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts
Stunning and unspoiled

If you come during the summer months, you will probably be frustrated by the tight crowd controls... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Anacortes, WA
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Covering 4,662 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats, this refuge was established to preserve the feeding, resting and nesting areas of migratory birds.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“parker river” (29 reviews)
“bird watching” (27 reviews)
“sandy point” (13 reviews)
Newburyport, MA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to experience unspoiled ocean beauty with no civilization in sight, this is the place to be, even in the off season. You'll feel like you must have traveled far and wide to get here but it's LOCAL!

Thank stevetM5671ZQ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you come during the summer months, you will probably be frustrated by the tight crowd controls in place...but you will be incredibly grateful for those controls once you see what is being protected. This is a beautiful, unspoiled stretch of beach surrounded by tidal...More

Thank NW-K9s
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Loved walking the beach trails to see the gorgeous views of the beach. Be sure to drive all the way to the end as there are lots of different trails.

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

Either early morning or after summer, and you have lots of space to move around and just enjoy some wild areas. If you go during the summer, you will have lots of friends. Great place to go birding...

Thank slobird
Reviewed 16 October 2017

This is a beautiful place with lots of birds to see. We went for a walk and saw for the first time wild turkeys on the salt marsh! We were staying by the marshes - it was incredibly relaxing and well worth the visit

Thank Donald1961
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Very nice place with beaches and march lands. You pay $5 to enter. They give you a map showing you a road to drive down and different entrances to different sections of the beach. Some have parking, Some dont. The map tells you which ones...More

Thank Trapezegirl
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Unspoiled natural preserve. Drive all the way to the end to the state beach. Panoramic views. No services so bring umbrella and picnic lunch.

Thank Clare4050
Reviewed 27 September 2017

$20.00 gets you rights to come and go as you please for one entire season! Great find! Parker River offers so many wonderful things to do! Sit, beach comb, walk the many boardwalks among marshes and woods, bike ride. GREAT shells and sand-dollars. I always...More

Thank CMC_2012
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Fabulous beach and great isolated area to walk on soft sand. Waves crashed and the sun shined and I hated leaving this great site. Took in many of the bird areas in the surround salt marsh area. It was a wonderful way to spend the...More

1  Thank Fay K
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We had a most enjoyable day traveling through Parker river and stopping at the watch tower, and other designated ares for viewing the birds. Saw a wild turkey! it was wonderful on the marsh. It is very different terrain. We went to Sandy Point Beach...More

1  Thank LindsleySilagi
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Karen B
3 March 2017|
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Response from Ron T | Reviewed this property |
Parker River admin contact: 978-465-5753, parkerriver@fws.gov
25 September 2016|
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Response from FlossEm77 | Reviewed this property |
No pets on the refuge.
9 July 2015|
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Response from Gscriven | Reviewed this property |
Not sure of the location of the reading nook, but we walked every trail in the park except the Bird Blind trail as the small parking lot was always full. I think the reading nook may be located at the park headquarters and... More