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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 escape and appreciate nature

Parker River Refuge is a wonderful spot - with beaches, walking trails, places to just sit and think, do photography, painting, sketching, go for a walk with friends and family... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Parker River Refuge is a wonderful spot - with beaches, walking trails, places to just sit and think, do photography, painting, sketching, go for a walk with friends and family and appreciate the wonderful natural surroundings. The main refuge road runs in one straight line, north to south from the refuge gate at the north, to Sandy Point State Park... More 

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Winter Park, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A gem so close to town! Very relaxing, great opportunity for photographing wildlife. Beach is clean and a fun place to look for shells and driftwood.

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Bolton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can't beat the scenery here. Miles and miles of trails throughout the conservation land. Great bird watching area. The wooden boardwalks extend deep into the marshes for many more miles. Bring some water a lunch and a good book and relax for the day.

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St Louis, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The beach was wonderful. Part of it was closed for the nesting birds but the part of it that was open was very nice. Very good value considering it costs $20 or more to park at most beaches on the north shore. Beautiful scenery all around ! A little further into the reserve make sure to stop by and climb... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The ladies and I went for a fun bike ride through this area, grant it the weather was perfect for it but it was so beautiful there. If you like to be in a peaceful setting that is what we found there.

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Chester, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went in July and the reserve beach was rightly closed for the Piping Plovers. The beach bordering it is good, flat and sandy. Lots of birdwatching and walks around. Sad to see a fair amount of plastic stuff on the beach, but then that isn't the reserves fault is it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A family favorite. We have been here many times, year round. Most of the parking lots are closed July & August for the piping plovers. Beautiful spot for birding - I have personally seen a Snowy Owl, Great blue Heron, woodpecker, red winged blackbirds to name just a few - and I'm not an experienced birder. I've taken the tour... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We tried to visit on a Saturday - we weren't interested in the beach but wanted to check out the wildlife refuge and birdwatching. However, because the parking lot for the beach section was full, they were not allowing any cars to enter to drive through the park. We were told that we were welcome to walk 3.5 miles just... More 

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Newbury, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a beautiful bike ride with daughter-in-law, her mother and my two grandsons. Went to the end of the paved road, climbed the tower and walked one of the boardwalks near the tower. Brought a picnic and enjoyed some family time.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Multiple access points for the ocean and river for birding, hiking, biking, kayaking, and just enjoying nature. Changeable with the seasons. Each access point along the way provides something different.

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