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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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A beautiful natural area. Great for bird watchers and walking along beautiful sea coast beaches... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bill C
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Great walk

Great short trail, but half of Hellcat trail (the marsh section) was closed due to deteriorating... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Montreal, Canada
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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.
Newburyport, MA
+1 978-465-5753
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful natural area. Great for bird watchers and walking along beautiful sea coast beaches. Sections are seasonally close because of the Piping Plover habitat. This is a f dermal wildlife area.

Thank Bill C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great short trail, but half of Hellcat trail (the marsh section) was closed due to deteriorating boardwalk.. However, the Dune Trail had awesome views, but some of the numbered panels to use with the guide were missing. Get ready to use your arm muscles if...More

1  Thank maxbeaupregagne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

True amazing place has a lot to offer. Late summer afternoon with soft breeze make this a nice walk. With one side access to beach and other marsh land. You won’t be sorry to spoil a good afternoon here.

Thank mucontinent
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

This place is so big. I had intentions of spending lots of time here and had a bit of trouble finding parking. We did see many species of birds (we were a little early in the season), but enjoyed our day. It’s a very scenic...More

Thank niteowljune
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We have walked this stunning boardwalk many times. It is a bird watchers mecca - you will see many photographers here - often from other countries - hoping to catch sight of a special bird. Once a giant deer came thundering across the marsh and...More

2  Thank NewHampshiretraveler
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We very much enjoyed the refuge. Their pathways are very well maintained making it easy to get around. Many different varieties of birds just waiting to have their picture taken.

1  Thank LindaH09242015
Reviewed 9 July 2018

After driving 2 hours to get there, a rather unpleasant and unapologetic woman at the visitor's center desk told us it was now closed to everyone else coming in. (It was Sunday at about 10:30 AM). She smugly told us that when their parking lot...More

Thank 94marys94
Reviewed 28 June 2018

went here for stroll on the trails, trails where easy to follow, there are plenty of different spots to pull over and look for wildlife. The day we went there where several wild turkeys along the road with little baby turkeys following close by. Plenty...More

1  Thank Laura P
Reviewed 27 June 2018

The building has lots of information about birds in the area, great, clean bathrooms, and views out to the marsh area. We didn't have time to walk around outside, but loved the details we were able to see inside the building. We would visit again...More

Thank Pamela B
Reviewed 7 June 2018 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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Karen B
4 March 2017|
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Response from Ron T | Reviewed this property |
Parker River admin contact: 978-465-5753, parkerriver@fws.gov
26 September 2016|
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Response from mucontinent | Reviewed this property |
That is correct still to date
10 July 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