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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Newburyport, MA
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Sept romantic weekend

Fabulous beach and great isolated area to walk on soft sand. Waves crashed and the sun shined and I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fay K
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We had a most enjoyable day traveling through Parker river and stopping at the watch tower, and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Santa Teresa, New Mexico
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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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“bird watching” (38 reviews)
“sandy point” (13 reviews)
Newburyport, MA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous beach and great isolated area to walk on soft sand. Waves crashed and the sun shined and I hated leaving this great site. Took in many of the bird areas in the surround salt marsh area. It was a wonderful way to spend the...More

1  Thank Fay K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a most enjoyable day traveling through Parker river and stopping at the watch tower, and other designated ares for viewing the birds. Saw a wild turkey! it was wonderful on the marsh. It is very different terrain. We went to Sandy Point Beach...More

1  Thank LindsleySilagi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a great way to get outside and see the marsh. The walk is easy and has great views, especially around sunset

Thank Evan C
Reviewed 8 August 2017

To enjoy this in the summer months you have to arrive early to get parking - by 9am probably. It is an unspoiled beach, nice views, rocks, sand, rock pools.Other inland side has marshes to explore and bird watching in all areas

1  Thank JHM231
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

I love this place and have been several times. I recommend the walk among the dunes on the left side about halfway into the park. The beaches are great, too.

Thank JeffK175
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

The air here is so fresh I can't help but take deep breathes when I'm here. Pretty beaches, tons of birds, and lots of protected land and salt marshes. Sometimes we'll bring binoculars and just enjoy the many birds that are playing in the air...More

Thank JC39754
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

This very large wildlife refuge is a terrific location to photograph birds of all kinds. It is also a sanctuary, and it seems that the birds know this, as the site is teeming with different species of birds. Will certainly visit again before the end...More

Thank SilverBean925
Reviewed 13 July 2017

This is a must-see if you enjoy the outdoors, wildlife, the beach, etc. Suggest arriving early, as they only let so many people in at a time. Unless you hike or bike in. It's about six miles to the end at Sandy Beach (which is...More

2  Thank stoja17
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Long drive on Plum Island to get to the end. Becomes a dirt road. Many of the parking lots were closed. Some due to Piper Plover Nesting, so that was understandable. Lots of green head flys, so really couldn't be outside for long.

1  Thank MTCE98
Reviewed 10 July 2017

On a busy weekend, there was ample parking, rest room facilities and a walkway to the beach that made for easy walking. Away from the crowds of the more public beaches, it was a nice respite on a sunny afternoon. I was able to snag...More

1  Thank Debbie M
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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 FlossEm77 | Reviewed this property |
No pets on the refuge.
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