Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury

Salisbury Beach State Reservation is a state-owned, public recreation area on the Atlantic Ocean in the town of Salisbury, Massachusetts, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. It is one of the most heavily utilized state parks in the Commonwealth, with "an annual attendance rate of over one million visitors."
The land was acquired for use as a state park in 1931. It saw improvements in the following decade done by the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps. The reservation came under the jurisdiction of the Department of Conservation and Recreation in 1969. Continuing park improvements include the construction of a new jetty in 2015.
Notable wildlife includes harbor seals, which are often found on Badgers Rocks in the Merrimack River in the fall and winter. Birds that can be sighted include black ducks, green-winged teal, and great blue herons, along with pectoral, solitary, and least sandpipers. "White-winged and surf scoters can be seen flying low over open water or bobbing in loose flocks among the offshore waves."
Beaches: The park features a 3.8mi beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Beaches and restrooms are handicapped-accessible. Smaller, non-swimming beaches are found on the Merrimack River. Camping: The park's 484-site campground includes handicapped-accessible sites as well as RV hookups and dump station. Boating: Motorized and non-motorized boating can be accessed from two boat ramps on the Merrimack River.The park also offers showers, picnicking, a playground and pavilion, fishing, restricted hunting, a group day-use area, and educational programs.Fees: In 2015, the park entrance fee was $14 a day for Massachusetts residents and $16 for visitors from out of state. Work out when and for how long to visit Salisbury Beach State Reservation and other Salisbury attractions using our handy Salisbury online vacation planner .
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  • At the height of summer season, getting into this reservation can sometimes be a challenge, due to its well-deserved popularity. But it is open year-round, and fall light in the glistening dune...  more »
  • The gem of the north. Salisbury beach reservation is an amazing place to go to the beach. Bathrooms, showers, even a place to camp. All at a reasonable price.  more »

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