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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Newburyport, MA
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Miles and Miles of beauty

This is one of our favorite beaches/park in all of New England. Very limited parking keeps the... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2016
Hudson, New Hampshire
Loved the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

We spent several hours here bird-watching and it was just idyllic. I, particularly, loved the Dune... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2016
Norwich, Vermont
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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.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

This is one of our favorite beaches/park in all of New England. Very limited parking keeps the crowds away. We drove past the first beach to the second parking area-which probably held less than 30 cars. I love a beach that I don't have to...More

2  Thank BoilerDaveNH
Reviewed 17 August 2016

We spent several hours here bird-watching and it was just idyllic. I, particularly, loved the Dune and Marsh Loops and learning more about the salt marshes. Just fascinating! We were there in mid-May and flowering shrubs were in full bloom, so it added to our...More

1  Thank Bear59
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Lived on Plum Island and worked virtually ... so lunch at the end of the refuge overlooking Little Neck and Cranes Beach was a little bit of heaven. Parking can get tight, but don't give up ... it is worth the extra effort. Also ......More

1  Thank David H
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I love this place in all seasons of the year. Wonderful for birders and people enjoying the beach. Very peaceful. Be prepared to walk around for best access. Stop at wildlife center for informative displays on wildlife.

Thank gypsywomen2
Reviewed 10 August 2016

I have been going there since I was little with school. And when my kids were in elementary school they did the same. It is peaceful and beautiful there.

Thank Gioia C
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Our learning experience started at the headquarter located right across the road from Yoppa Flat Sanctuary. I highly recommend watching their short video introduction of Plum Island before visiting the refuge. Their museum exhibits are also kids friendly. My 8 and 9 year olds spent...More

1  Thank tolive
Reviewed 6 August 2016

We've been going here for years. It's one of the most beautiful beaches but unfortunately if you don't arrive at the crack of dawn you won't get in until the end of the day. And beware of July because July is greenhead month and greenheads...More

Thank BarreSue
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Lovely and extensive nature preserve. Beautiful spot for nature, birds, beach, salt marsh. You can drive the length of Plum Island, with frequent pull-offs where you can see the local environment and wildlife.

Thank JRFSomers_NY
Reviewed 5 August 2016

I bike to the refuge as a stopping place on a 90/70 mile ride. wonderful area, I wish the road was off limits to cars, a shuttle for the bird watches perhaps. the beach area is closed for most of the summer because of nesting...More

Thank Charles D
Reviewed 19 July 2016

Parker River Refuge is a wonderful spot - with beaches, walking trails, places to just sit and think, do photography, painting, sketching, go for a walk with friends and family and appreciate the wonderful natural surroundings. The main refuge road runs in one straight line,...More

1  Thank TravelHannah
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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
26 September 2016|
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Response from FlossEm77 | Reviewed this property |
No pets on the refuge.
10 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