Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newburyport: Address, Phone Number, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Reviews: 4.5/5

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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4.5
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AdyL
Boston, MA6 contributions
Amazing bird sightings!
May 2021
Great area for viewing shore birds. Nice beaches too. It was a cool and cloudy day which was perfect for exploring and bird watching.
Written May 29, 2021
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Lorraine N
2 contributions
Birdwatching!!!
Apr 2021
We spent every day walking in the Parker River Refuge. Great place to do birdwatching. The walking paths and new boardwalks are well marked and restrooms available at several locations.
Written May 3, 2021
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mukaikubo
Boston, MA42 contributions
Great to visit at sunrise
Apr 2021
I first came here on a sunny Sunday afternoon in March and the Hellcat parking lot was full, so I continued on the unpaved road down toward Sandy Point and walked around down there. I returned early on a Thursday morning in April to catch sunrise at the beach and had the Hellcat boardwalk to myself. It was quiet and peaceful, the birds were out, and there were only a few other cars (although they were all serious birders and would frequently just stop in the middle of the road if they saw something, so be careful!) Definitely recommend an early morning visit over a mid-day visit, and it's a beautiful place to connect to nature.
Written April 12, 2021
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MsSatin
Lawrence, MA47 contributions
Hellcat Boardwalk Loop - Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island
Nov 2020
I walked the Hellcat Boardwalk Loop for the first time back in November and fell in love with the pampas grasses then caught the sunset before heading home.

There is ample parking in the lot and the whole trail is stroller and handicap accessible, with a strong, even boardwalk and plenty of benches to stop and rest. There is also an observation tower that is perfect for 360 views and photos, especially at sunset!

All in all, it's a great way to stretch your legs and enjoy the day!
Written January 25, 2021
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PatriciaM
4 contributions
Loved it!
Dec 2020
It was right after Christmas so probably more children but was a lovely serene place to appreciate nature!
Written January 2, 2021
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Myopinions2
Chelmsford, MA71 contributions
Wonderful, peaceful setting
Aug 2020
What a beautiful refuge, the paths out to the Marshes are especially beautiful and worth seeing. Lots of plovers and other birding opportunities.
Written September 6, 2020
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SD5
Boston, MA94 contributions
Plan your visit
Aug 2020
My husband and I went here in hopes of getting our steps in for the day. I made the assumption there were plenty of walking trails. We joined a short line of cars to enter the park for $5. There is a lesser fee for walkers and bike riders. We didn’t have a map or any sense of where we were heading. There were signs at the entrance that stated the Sandy Point beach lot was full and there was no parking. We asked at the entry kiosk about other ways to see the refuge and were given a parking lot recommendation. We were just looking for a place to walk so the beach wasn’t a priority for us. We first stopped at the Pine Tree trail which was the recommended lot 5. It was a .3 mile walk and didn’t satisfy our walking needs. We did see the beach to gaze at here but could not go on it. That was fine with us. The refuge trail was closed which I knew in advance. The Hellcat trail was also closed as it’s under construction. This I didn’t know. I looked on the website but never got a feel for what I was going to be able to see. I expected plenty of access points for walking. We spent time in and out of the car looking for walkways and small parking lots that were full. We found a spot in a lot that wasn’t the closest lot to the beach an decided to walk down to the beach to see the Sandy Point hot spot. We came across cars lined up waiting for parking spots to open up in the very small beach lot. Some wait 45 min to 2 hours idling in their cars hoping for someone to leave. The beach spots fill up early. If you get one you can enjoy a nice private spot on the beach. We took a quick look at the beach, didn’t see anywhere else to go and headed back to our car and out of the refuge. The road the refuge is on is a single, long, winding road that ends at the beach but there is no sidewalk. It turns into a gravel road well before arriving at the beach. Cars traveling on it create a bit of a dust up making it unpleasant for walkers and those riding bikes. I would turnaround before the road turns to gravel if walking or on a bike. Plan better than I did. Bird watchers and those looking to get on the beach early will appreciate this spot in the summer.
Written August 2, 2020
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JuderT
Walpole, NH35 contributions
Beautiful
Feb 2020
Through the spring and summer- plan on getting there early! Parts of the refuge are closed when birds are nesting. Be sure to bring your binoculars. Nice walking trails and great beaches!
Written February 24, 2020
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dbeaupre49
333 contributions
Awesome
Feb 2020
If you are looking to see birds of prey thi is the place.The road is about 9 miles long. One side is marshland the other is the ocean. The ocean side has boardwalks to the ocean. At the end is Sandy Beach. Numerous Snowy Owls, Short Eared Owls, Bald Eagles, Hawks & lots of Water fowl. Trails to walk along the Marsh. Just a beautiful place. Entrance fee $5 for the day. No animals allowed.
Written February 2, 2020
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Boston Legal
4 contributions
"Heaven is under your feet...."
Jan 2020
Walden on the North Shore......drive all the way down to see the state beach which is open to the public.....a wonderful safari of owls, deer, plovers, rabbits, hawks, swans and many more precious species.
Written January 31, 2020
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