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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Nice beach and birds refuge

This place is not far alway from Boston. But the beach is very nice, which is comparable to Cape... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Boston, Massachusetts
Beautiful spot

I cycled here whilst staying on Plum Island. It was beautiful and plenty of bird hides - or blinds... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Caroline T
Ripponden, England, United Kingdom
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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.
Newburyport, MA
+1 978-465-5753
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is not far alway from Boston. But the beach is very nice, which is comparable to Cape Cod. And there are many birds on the right side. You may find snowy owl there on winter. They charge 5 dollars per car, but leave...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I cycled here whilst staying on Plum Island. It was beautiful and plenty of bird hides - or blinds. Amazing access to the beach too though this is not possible April to mid August whilst the piping plovers are nesting. Saw lots of birds but...More

1  Thank Caroline T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I almost don’t want to tell anyone about this lovely gem. Uncrowded, very reasonable parking. Beautiful stretch of beach with grassy dunes and adorable piping plovers skittering about. Water was warm enough to enjoy. Lovely views across to Cranes and Cape Ann. A national treasure.

1  Thank Donna D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Refuge is a gem. Miles of natural salt marsh that are virtually untouched and look much the way they must've appeared 300 years ago. Birds are everywhere and the road leading you in has plenty of pull outs where you can sit and watch...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visit multiple times a year and always see something new. Beautiful vistas, short trails, exciting wildlife.

Thank byledge
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We LOVED the beach there .. so many different sealife , shells ,glass.... so fun! The rangers were very helpful and informative.. LOVED the marshes and hiking trails... Wonderful place to explore...

1  Thank joy8486
Reviewed August 6, 2018

A beautiful natural area. Great for bird watchers and walking along beautiful sea coast beaches. Sections are seasonally close because of the Piping Plover habitat. This is a f dermal wildlife area.

Thank Bill C
Reviewed August 1, 2018

Great short trail, but half of Hellcat trail (the marsh section) was closed due to deteriorating boardwalk.. However, the Dune Trail had awesome views, but some of the numbered panels to use with the guide were missing. Get ready to use your arm muscles if...More

3  Thank maxbeaupregagne
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

True amazing place has a lot to offer. Late summer afternoon with soft breeze make this a nice walk. With one side access to beach and other marsh land. You won’t be sorry to spoil a good afternoon here.

Thank mucontinent
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

This place is so big. I had intentions of spending lots of time here and had a bit of trouble finding parking. We did see many species of birds (we were a little early in the season), but enjoyed our day. It’s a very scenic...More

Thank niteowljune
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Karen B
March 3, 2017|
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Response from Ron T | Reviewed this property |
Parker River admin contact: 978-465-5753, parkerriver@fws.gov
September 25, 2016|
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Response from mucontinent | Reviewed this property |
That is correct still to date
July 9, 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