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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Newburyport, MA
+1 978-465-5753
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Love it!!!

We have visited the refuge for the past four years during the spring warbler migration and it is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
janw00
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Winsted, Connecticut
Beautiful, tranquil refuge not spoiled by the rain

The weather was not conducive to a great afternoon but did not spoil our time there. It also kept... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HughDonovan
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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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.
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Newburyport, MA
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+1 978-465-5753
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

Thank HughDonovan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank Lynn L
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Reviewed 14 April 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 2 February 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!

4  Thank stevetM5671ZQ
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Reviewed 28 January 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 30 December 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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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Either early morning or after summer, and you have lots of space to move around and just enjoy some wild areas. If you go during the summer, you will have lots of friends. Great place to go birding...

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

This is a beautiful place with lots of birds to see. We went for a walk and saw for the first time wild turkeys on the salt marsh! We were staying by the marshes - it was incredibly relaxing and well worth the visit

1  Thank Donald1961
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Very nice place with beaches and march lands. You pay $5 to enter. They give you a map showing you a road to drive down and different entrances to different sections of the beach. Some have parking, Some dont. The map tells you which ones...More

1  Thank Trapezegirl
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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
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njhebert58
26 September 2016|
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Response from FlossEm77 | Reviewed this property |
No pets on the refuge.
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sheabear4me
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
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