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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Newburyport, MA
+1 978-465-5753
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Beautiful afternoon for Bird Watching

We drove north to Newburyport from Northboro, MA with the hopes of seeing some great wildlife and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rhiggs79
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Northborough, Massachusetts
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Easy trails, great bird-watching

Went on the marsh and dune hikes. (Hike is an exaggeration, more like strolls in the woods). Saw... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
gulliver_sd
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San Diego, CA
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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.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Newburyport, MA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove north to Newburyport from Northboro, MA with the hopes of seeing some great wildlife and we were not disappointed. This is a great location for wildlife viewing. It’s easy to get to, there is a good amount of parking and there are lots...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on the marsh and dune hikes. (Hike is an exaggeration, more like strolls in the woods). Saw many birds and birders. There are steps, so not OK for strollers or wheelchairs.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Your National Park pass can be used here. A very nice quiet visitor center. There is a video and displays. Then there is the actual refuge with a number of boardwalks/trails. They are beautiful! One of our group had ambulation challenges and it was a...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

We have visited the refuge for the past four years during the spring warbler migration and it is a most rewarding experience. Each year we get a bit more proficient in identifying the different species and it is very enjoyable. It's also a great place...More

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Reviewed May 9, 2018

The weather was not conducive to a great afternoon but did not spoil our time there. It also kept the numbers down so the parking lots and trails were virtually empty. Many different environments including beach, wetlands and forest. Many different species of birds, including...More

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Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

The birds were flying, the sky’s were so beautiful and blue. The park was so beautiful. I look forward to bringing my grandmother. Everyone should visit! And don’t listen to the snarky comments about the beaches being closed. YES they are.... and yes they are...More

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Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

Wow what can I say about Parker River. It’s one of a kind. It’s the type of place 30 years from now you will be telling someone “I’ve been going here for 30 years”. You go once...you’ll keep going. Peaceful. Clean. Quiet. Simply amazing. I...More

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Reviewed February 2, 2018

If you want to experience unspoiled ocean beauty with no civilization in sight, this is the place to be, even in the off season. You'll feel like you must have traveled far and wide to get here but it's LOCAL!

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Reviewed January 27, 2018

If you come during the summer months, you will probably be frustrated by the tight crowd controls in place...but you will be incredibly grateful for those controls once you see what is being protected. This is a beautiful, unspoiled stretch of beach surrounded by tidal...More

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Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

Loved walking the beach trails to see the gorgeous views of the beach. Be sure to drive all the way to the end as there are lots of different trails.

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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
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njhebert58
September 25, 2016|
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Response from FlossEm77 | Reviewed this property |
No pets on the refuge.
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sheabear4me
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
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