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The Buzzards Bay region is home to hundreds of places where you can explore the outdoors. Head to a park or conservation area and take to the trails on a hike through fields, forests, and salt marshes. Hit the beach on a sunny summer afternoon, or launch your boat into the water for a fun day of cruising on the waves. No matter where you are, you’ll find a fantastic place in your community to discover Buzzards Bay.

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Destruction Brook Woods
Destruction Brook Woods

Don’t let its name fool you: Destruction Brook Woods in Dartmouth is packed with unparalleled beauty.

Doggett’s Brook Recreational Area
Doggett’s Brook Recreational Area

The Doggett's Brook nature trail tucked into the woods behind the ball fields in Rochester is perfect for a walk after a game.

Douglas S. Westgate Conservation Area
Douglas S. Westgate Conservation Area

If you want to explore a classic Wareham landscape, Westgate Conservation Area is an ideal spot.

East Beach (New Bedford)
East Beach (New Bedford)

A wide, sandy beach on outer New Bedford Harbor, East Beach is a summertime destination for city families.

East Beach (Westport)
East Beach (Westport)

This rocky stretch in Westport offers stunning views of the Elizabeth Islands across the Bay’s sparkling waters.

East Fairhaven School Trail
East Fairhaven School Trail

This engaging nature trail in Fairhaven is a welcoming spot for the whole community to discover nature's classroom.

East Over Reservation
East Over Reservation

With fields, stone walls, and golden yellow barns, East Over Reservation is a reminder of Rochester’s rural character.

East Over Reservation: Hales Brook and Sippican River Tracts
East Over Reservation: Hales Brook and Sippican River Tracts

These two tracts are part of a network of local conservation areas in Marion and Rochester that you can explore.

East Rodney French Boulevard Boat Ramp
East Rodney French Boulevard Boat Ramp

Just south of the hurricane barrier, this public boat ramp offers boaters and anglers access to outer New Bedford Harbor.

Electric Avenue Beach and Boat Ramp
Electric Avenue Beach and Boat Ramp

Rock down to Electric Avenue to discover an intimate beach and boat ramp a stone’s throw from the Cape Cod Canal.

Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail
Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail

A natural oasis hidden in the North End of New Bedford, Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail takes visitors on a tour of forest life.

Fort Phoenix State Reservation
Fort Phoenix State Reservation

With beautiful harbor views, a sandy beach, and a historic coastal fort, Fort Phoenix is a treasure for local residents.

Fort Taber Park
Fort Taber Park

With a sandy beach, bike path, and fishing pier, Fort Taber Park offers sweeping Buzzards Bay views that are steeped in history.

Four Ponds Conservation Area – Bourne Town Forest
Four Ponds Conservation Area – Bourne Town Forest

Explore tranquil ponds, wetlands, and woods at Bourne's Four Ponds Conservation Area and Town Forest in Pocasset.

Frank Knowles/Little River Reserve
Frank Knowles/Little River Reserve

Nestled along the Little River in South Dartmouth, this large hiking area is a must-see for outdoor explorers.

Freetown-Fall River State Forest
Freetown-Fall River State Forest

For a true adventure in the woods, head to vast Freetown-Fall River State Forest, part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve.

Gaffney Road Landing
Gaffney Road Landing

Take a paddling adventure on the gorgeous Slocums River in Dartmouth from this small town-owned landing.

Gooseberry Island
Gooseberry Island

Explore nature, history, and spectacular coastal beauty along the rugged shores of Gooseberry Island in Westport.

Gray Gables Beach
Gray Gables Beach

This sandy beach in Bourne is a local favorite thanks to its cozy neighborhood vibe and fascinating views of Cape Cod Canal.

Great Harbor Landing
Great Harbor Landing

This Woods Hole boat ramp is a gateway for boaters and anglers to the waters of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound.

Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore pine forests and salt marshes overlooking the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal at Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.

Halfway Pond Conservation Area
Halfway Pond Conservation Area

Discover Plymouth’s peaceful ponds and woodlands by foot or canoe at Halfway Pond Conservation Area.

Hazelwood Park
Hazelwood Park

Set on a hill overlooking Clarks Cove, Hazelwood Park is a destination for outdoor recreation in New Bedford's South End.

Head of Westport Town Landing
Head of Westport Town Landing

Head of Westport Town Landing is a quaint spot for paddlers to begin a journey down the Westport River East Branch.

Hen Cove Beach
Hen Cove Beach

With calm waters and a roped-off swimming area, Hen Cove Beach in Bourne is perfect for families with small children.

Hen Cove Landing
Hen Cove Landing

Launch from Hen Cove Landing in Pocasset to reach Red Brook Harbor, one of Cape Cod’s favorite boating destinations.

Herb Hadfield Conservation Area
Herb Hadfield Conservation Area

Herb Hadfield's woods, wetlands, and meadows surround Angeline Brook, a pristine coldwater trout stream in Westport.

Herring Run Recreation Area
Herring Run Recreation Area

Herring Run Recreation Area's name tells you why it's special — it's home to a herring run on Cape Cod Canal.

Hiller’s Cove Beach
Hiller’s Cove Beach

In summer, Hiller's Cove Beach is a favorite destination for Mattapoisett families to splash in warm, calm waters.

Hix Bridge Landing
Hix Bridge Landing

Set on the upper East Branch of the Westport River, Hix Bridge Landing is a place to launch a boat or kayak into the river.

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