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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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We were checking out Plum Island area and stumbled upon the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. This is a very pleasant and very easy walk. Nothing strenuous, but beautiful... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Sharon, Massachusetts
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Sharon, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were checking out Plum Island area and stumbled upon the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. This is a very pleasant and very easy walk. Nothing strenuous, but beautiful to behold.

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Plaistow, New Hampshire
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many boardwalk trails that take you directly into close observation of nesting birds and signs of other wildlife abound. Once you are in there, you lose a sense of contact with the crazy world of stress and busy schedules, to breathe in deeply and have your eyes feast on nature in the raw. I try to get out... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a place to visit almost the entire year. In the summer, if you get there early enough to get your car in, you can walk the boardwalks to the beach and enjoy the sun and water. In the spring and fall, the Hellcat Swamp Trail a few miles down the refuge road is... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in the area and have a few hours to kill, this is a nice place to do so. Nice views and walks through the dunes.

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Byfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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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Reviewed 1 March 2017

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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Reviewed 24 February 2017 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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Reviewed 14 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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Reviewed 14 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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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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