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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Myopinions2 wrote a review Sep 2020
Chelmsford, Massachusetts70 contributions34 helpful votes
What a beautiful refuge, the paths out to the Marshes are especially beautiful and worth seeing. Lots of plovers and other birding opportunities.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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SD5 wrote a review Aug 2020
Boston, Massachusetts94 contributions30 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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JuderT wrote a review Feb 2020
Walpole, New Hampshire35 contributions5 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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dbeaupre49 wrote a review Feb 2020
331 contributions55 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Boston Legal wrote a review Jan 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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