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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Newburyport, MA
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Covering 4,662 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats, this refuge...

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.

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Wonderful place to visit anytime of year

Located on Plum Island, the reserve is a 10 minute drive from downtown Newburyport. There are several parking lots spread along the 7 mile stretch with modern rest stop just... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Byfield, Massachusetts
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Byfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located on Plum Island, the reserve is a 10 minute drive from downtown Newburyport. There are several parking lots spread along the 7 mile stretch with modern rest stop just inside the main gate. You can bike or drive along the mostly paved roadway as well as walk through the dunes. Wide selection of birds and wildlife to observe as... More 

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S. Natick, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took advantage of the record warmth of late February to check out the beaches and birdlife on Plum Island. Started by driving down to the Sandy River parking lot at the end and was amazed to find the beach wider than we had ever seen. Low tide also made it possible to look at the many seashells (mostly clam shells... More 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time visiting Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. This place is huge. There are 7 different parking areas giving you access to either beach front areas or marsh areas. We visited 4 of them. The hellcat area has some fun boardwalk trails that are definitely a must visit. We also went all the way to the end... More 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

6+ miles of beach is largely reserved for birds from April to early August- leaving just 2 miles for humans all year. Plenty. It's wonderful to walk or bike the roads, or drive along and stop for bird watching at the Salt Pannes. About mile 4 there is a wonderful dune walk and marsh walk. And there's a observatory tower... More 

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Byfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Its a great and beautiful spot to get some exercise and enjoy the outside. Its also very dog friendly

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Newbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

This beach is the most beautiful beach in my world! I have travelled to many carribean islands and Costa Rica and my hometown harbors the most beautiful beach especially when it is fully open which unfortunately is rare!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

I've been visiting this place all my life. It's a treasure. So glad this slice of nature has been preserved.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We spent a lovely morning driving from stop to stop to enjoy the winter birding along the Parker River. It was chilly and windy, but really lovely in the Winter Sun.

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Thank Grace S
Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

This beach has trails and parks where you can walk off of the beach and into the woodsy areas around the refuge. Great for birdwatching and accessing a piece of solitude and quiet! Beach is quiet in the mornings and big enough to escape people. Parking lots fill up very quickly and once they do, you cannot access the refuge.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

When the kids are back in school and the weather is still beautiful Sandy Point is one of the most peaceful serene spots in NewEngland. On a clear day you can see Rockport to the sour and Maine to the North!

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