Sandy Point State Reservation, Ipswich

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Sandy Point State Reservation is a coastal Massachusetts state park located in the town of Ipswich at the southern tip of Plum Island. The reservation is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and is an important nesting area for the piping plover and the least tern. Access to the reservation is through the adjoining Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
Sandy Point State Reservation is on a large spit of sand at the southern end of Plum Island: "Sandy Point". Plum Island Drive, a dirt road on the southern half of Plum Island, ends at the foot of a hill of glacial origin, Bar Head. Rocks: "Bar Head Rocks", extend from a 19th-century gravel pit in the side of the hill into the water. Some of them have been formed into a rudimentary breakwater at the high water line. At present harbor seals have been observed basking in these rocks and in Emerson Rocks slightly further north in the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. They are rare; visitors cannot count on seeing one. They are advised by sign not to approach a seal if one is present. The presence of the seals has also brought their main predators back to the waters off Plum Island: sharks. Although shark attacks are extremely rare as yet, sightings are not. Among them is the great white shark. Swimmers either from the beach or from boats off the beach are advised to consider the dangers.
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  • I have loved sandy point reservation my whole life. An excellent place to visit and spend the whole day.  more »
  • Dramatic tidal flows, vast expanses of walkable sand, clear views down to Cape Ann and up and across Plum Island Sound; it's all here. The birds are too -- a hiker's and avian enthusiast's dream. You ...  more »
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  • This place is the bomb diggity. One of the best beaches in Massachusetts. Maybe 30 parking spots max, fills up fast. Great unguarded beaches with soft sand and breathtaking views. Limited facilities at Sandy Point, just a simple toilet. Nice sandy walk from the parking lot to the beach, probably not the most handicap accessible.
  • This beach is at the very tip of the Plum Island Wildlife Refuge. The refuge features great trails, scenery, and many beaches. The crowds are low as they don't allow access to the park when lots are full. Go early and grab a great spot for the day. Prices are affordable and you can buy year long passes right at the gate.

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