Ellisville Harbor State Park, Plymouth

4.4
#6 of 10 in Parks in Plymouth
Ellisville Harbor State Park is a nature preserve and public recreation area located in the village of Ellisville, Massachusetts, on the western shore of Cape Cod Bay. Natural features of the coastal property include a barrier beach, sphagnum bog, salt marsh, rolling meadows, and red pine forest habitats. Scenic features include views of the South Shore coastline, small fishing boats, harbor seals seen offshore during fall and winter, and birds attracted to the park's bog as both habitat and migration stopover. The state park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Between 2,500 and 5,000 years ago, prehistoric Native Americans hunted, fished, harvested shellfish, and made tools here. An area of approximately, which includes at least two Native American sites, was designated an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) in 1980. The state acquired of the ACEC to create the state park in 1991. In its earlier days, the harbor was a busy loading spot for ships taking timber to Boston and for local fishing. The park's reproduction colonial farmstead/tavern property is part of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Historic Curatorship Program.
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  • I visit this beach whenever we are in town. We saw about 2 dozen seals offshore. Sad that dog owners don’t pick up after their pets or just leave the dog do bags on the trail to the beach. If you can’...  more »
  • It goes through a natural park to the sea, on small paths... I was suddenly uncertain because there are no signposts, am I on the right track and whether I would find again. I was already close to turn around, have changed but fortunately me. After about 15 minutes I was on target: from the forest to get to the beach and it is simply overwhelmed just by the impressions. It feels... incredibly beautiful far away from all hustle and bustle of everyday life and it's peaceful here. Walks along the beach are wonderful... and and looks also a seal from the water and watched the action.
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  • Very beautiful beach if you don't mind the walk. The fields are great to walk with the dogs early in the morning. Unfortunately lately I have seen a lot of sketchy people hanging out so be aware when walking alone
  • This is one of my favorite short walks in the area. Short little walk through some woods, then you are at the ocean, where you can see seals hanging out in the water.

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