Demarest Lloyd State Park

Enjoy the calm, sparkling waters of Buzzards Bay on a beach day at Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth. This public beach and park, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, is a true gem that’s great for beachgoers and outdoor explorers of all ages.

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Features

Demarest Lloyd State Park may be one of Buzzards Bay’s best-kept secrets. With its warm, tranquil waters and shallow sandbars, the beach here is ideal for small children to get their feet wet. Near the parking lot, a grassy picnic area with charcoal grills makes Demarest Lloyd a perfect destination for family summer gatherings.

But Demarest Lloyd isn’t just a beach; there’s a thriving coastal ecosystem here that’s begging for you to explore. Delicate salt marshes surround the park, with trails leading to scenic vistas across the Slocums River. For a fun afternoon of hiking, swimming, picnicking, and beachcombing with the kids, there are few better spots than Demarest Lloyd.

Trails

trail through the woods at Demarest Lloyd State Park

Demarest Lloyd isn’t just a beach – discover trails that lead through the woods and along the salt marshes here at this state park.

If you want to take an adventure beyond the beach, explore one of two easy trails at Demarest Lloyd State Park. These trails offer quick, 20-minute walks that unveil beautiful natural scenery that you won’t see from the sand.

At the north end of the parking lot, pick up the Slocums River Trail, an out-and-back path that travels along rich tidal marshes. At the top of the hill, turn right to climb out on a large rock and gaze out over the beach. Or turn left to journey further through the hilly oak forest, where you’ll discover scenic views of Giles Creek and the shores of the Lloyd Center for the Environment across the river.

The George’s Pond Loop Trail is a half-mile circle through coastal dunes and past George’s Pond, a salt pond fed by the Slocums River. The trail, which takes about 10 minutes to explore, begins near the restrooms and connects with neighboring Wylde Reserve.

Habitats & Wildlife

Demarest Lloyd’s beautiful coastal habitats are what make this park such a treasure for visitors. The sandy beach overlooks the mouth of the Slocums River as it opens into Buzzards Bay. On a clear day, you can gaze across the Bay to the Elizabeth Islands.

Salt marshes like the one at Demarest Lloyd hum with life. Water birds such as egrets, herons, and terns hunt for fish in the tidal creeks and salt pond fed by the river. The salty sea air carries hawks and osprey aloft, while underneath the water, fish and shellfish feed thrive.

Property Owned By

Beaches, wooded parks, parkways, and reservoirs — all of these places make up the Massachusetts state parks, operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Details
Size: 200 acres
Hours: 10am-6pm weekdays, 8am-6pm weekends and holidays (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Parking: Large paved parking area
Cost: Fee to park in summer ($12/day Massachusetts vehicles or $14/day out-of-state vehicles; for annual passes, $60/year for Massachusetts residents or $85/year for out-of-state residents)
Trail Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate
Dogs: No dogs on beach
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash
Boat Ramp: No
Lifeguards: Yes (seasonal)

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
101 Barneys Joy Rd.
Dartmouth, MA 02748
41.525685, -70.990449
Phone: (508) 636-3298 (summer)
Phone: (508) 636-8816 (winter)
Email: demarest.lloyd@state.ma.us

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Demarest Lloyd State Park
Dartmouth, MA
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Upcoming Events Near Here

Nature Discoveries
Sat, December 10
9:30AM - 10:30AM
Lloyd Center for the Environment,
Dartmouth
Junior Bird Club – Christmas Bird Crafts
Thu, December 15
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary,
Westport
A Walk Back in Time
Sat, December 17
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Lloyd Center for the Environment,
Dartmouth

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Wylde Reserve

Follow the path at Wylde Reserve in Dartmouth to the salt marshes of Demarest Lloyd State Park.

Slocum’s River Reserve

Soak up the spectacular natural beauty of the Slocums River at the Slocum’s River Reserve in South Dartmouth.

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth protects a delicate coastal ecosystem and provides a top-notch spot for birding.

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