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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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I visited here several years ago and decided I needed another trip. It was raining when we arrived... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kathy M
Brunswick, Maine, United States
Walk on the beach

Parker River Refuge is a spectacular place to walk for miles. You’ll see so many types of birds... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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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 2 days ago

I visited here several years ago and decided I needed another trip. It was raining when we arrived so we visited the visitor center. The staff in there was very informative. The displays were great and helped us plan what we wanted to see while...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Parker River Refuge is a spectacular place to walk for miles. You’ll see so many types of birds, find shells and maybe see a seal. In the winter the Snowy Owl are often seen.

Thank 7Pontosave
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the southern part of Plum Island reached by a causeway from Newburyport. The refugee is a Federal property, and there is an entrance fee. It is several miles along a paved road from the entrance to the tip of the island. It is...More

2  Thank Michael M
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This place is not far alway from Boston. But the beach is very nice, which is comparable to Cape Cod. And there are many birds on the right side. You may find snowy owl there on winter. They charge 5 dollars per car, but leave...More

Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

I cycled here whilst staying on Plum Island. It was beautiful and plenty of bird hides - or blinds. Amazing access to the beach too though this is not possible April to mid August whilst the piping plovers are nesting. Saw lots of birds but...More

1  Thank Caroline T
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

I almost don’t want to tell anyone about this lovely gem. Uncrowded, very reasonable parking. Beautiful stretch of beach with grassy dunes and adorable piping plovers skittering about. Water was warm enough to enjoy. Lovely views across to Cranes and Cape Ann. A national treasure.

1  Thank Donna D
Reviewed 25 August 2018

This Refuge is a gem. Miles of natural salt marsh that are virtually untouched and look much the way they must've appeared 300 years ago. Birds are everywhere and the road leading you in has plenty of pull outs where you can sit and watch...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 23 August 2018

I visit multiple times a year and always see something new. Beautiful vistas, short trails, exciting wildlife.

Thank byledge
Reviewed 19 August 2018

We LOVED the beach there .. so many different sealife , shells ,glass.... so fun! The rangers were very helpful and informative.. LOVED the marshes and hiking trails... Wonderful place to explore...

1  Thank joy8486
Reviewed 6 August 2018

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
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Karen B
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Response from Ron T | Reviewed this property |
Parker River admin contact: 978-465-5753, parkerriver@fws.gov
25 September 2016|
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Response from mucontinent | Reviewed this property |
That is correct still to date
9 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