Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newburyport

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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife sanctuary encompassing the majority of Plum Island in northeastern Essex County, Massachusetts, 5 miles southeast of Newburyport. It was established in 1942 primarily to provide feeding, resting, and nesting habitats for migratory birds. Located along the Atlantic Flyway, the refuge is of vital stopover significance to waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds during migratory periods.

In 1985, The Trust for Public Land added 12 acres to the refuge. Besides providing habitat for birds and wildlife, the pristine coastal habitat is enjoyed by visitors who come to swim, hike, surf, fish, and birdwatch.
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  • Beautiful area, not all trails were open. Marsh and sea disturbed Not too many visitors, a few fishermen, photographers, lots of bird watchers … all equipped with really impressive Swarovski optic.  more »
  • We make a point of going here when we visit our daughter in Newburyport. Lovely vistas over the marsh and dunes. Lots of birds and wildlife. A beautiful place to walk and contemplate nature. Places...  more »
  • Such a special place. Ample parking lots, pristine facilities, friendly staff- all included for the low daily rate of $5. One of the best beaches in northern Massachusetts- clean sands, clear waters, tons of space to spread out (even during crowded weekends). From every parking lot, the beach is just a sandy boardwalk away, don't miss it! Also beautiful salt marshes and tons of biking, boating, fishing and birding opportunities.
  • Love this place. Limited parking in certain areas allows you to find an spot that is not overwhelmed by people.

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