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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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Pope Beach
Pope Beach

A small, secluded spot on Priests Cove, Pope Beach in Fairhaven offers sparkling views of Buzzards Bay.

Red Brook Pond Conservation Area
Red Brook Pond Conservation Area

For a peaceful walk through classic Cape Cod scenery, head to Red Brook Pond Conservation Area in Bourne.

Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center
Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center

Discover your Buzzards Bay at this free environmental exploration center in downtown New Bedford.

Ridge Hill Reserve
Ridge Hill Reserve

Hilly wooded uplands at this Dartmouth preserve capture the natural spirit of nearby Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve.

Rocky Gutter Wildlife Management Area
Rocky Gutter Wildlife Management Area

Take a wild adventure through thousands of acres of remote forest and swamp at Rocky Gutter in Middleborough.

Rogers Street Waterways Access Facility
Rogers Street Waterways Access Facility

A bustling summer boating spot, this sandy public ramp in Dartmouth offers access to Clarks Cove and Buzzards Bay.

Round Hill Beach
Round Hill Beach

With calm waters and sweeping views, Round Hill Beach is a stunning summer destination for Dartmouth residents.

Rounseville II Preserve
Rounseville II Preserve

Discover woods, wetlands, and wildlife on the easy loop trail at Rounseville II Preserve in Rochester.

Russells Mills Landing
Russells Mills Landing

Located on a quiet bend of the Slocums River in Dartmouth, Russells Mills Landing is a fantastic places for paddlers.

Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail
Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail

With spectacular open-water views, the Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail is the best route to tour New Bedford's scenic South End.

Seaview Avenue Beach & Boat Ramp
Seaview Avenue Beach & Boat Ramp

The beach and boat ramp at Seaview Avenue in Fairhaven grant explorers access to Nasketucket Bay.

Shaw Farm Trail
Shaw Farm Trail

Stretching for nearly a mile, Shaw Farm Trail offers hikers a place to explore Nasketucket Bay’s coastal farms and forests.

Shell Point Beach
Shell Point Beach

With sandy shores and a grassy park, Shell Point Beach is a perfect destination to explore Wareham’s coastal scenery.

Shining Sea Bikeway
Shining Sea Bikeway

Take a journey of discovery down the Shining Sea Bikeway, a 10.7-mile paved bike path through Falmouth.

Shining Tides Beach
Shining Tides Beach

Swimming, paddling, quahogging, crabbing – Shining Tides Beach truly offers it all for Mattapoisett residents.

Shipyard Farm
Shipyard Farm

Shipyard Farm in Fairhaven packs a scenic punch in its short trail across farmland to serene Nasketucket Bay.

Shoolman Preserve
Shoolman Preserve

This farm and forest along the Mattapoisett River in Rochester was preserved for birds — and explorers like you!

Silvershell Beach
Silvershell Beach

With pretty views and peaceful waters, Silvershell Beach is a favorite summer spot for families in Marion.

Slocum’s River Reserve
Slocum’s River Reserve

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

Smith Farm
Smith Farm

Smith Farm offers a peek at Dartmouth's coastal habitats, from forested swamps and ponds to scenic salt marshes.

Squeteague Harbor Beach
Squeteague Harbor Beach

Peaceful, scenic Squeteague Harbor Beach is tucked into a quiet corner of Cataumet in Bourne.

Star of the Sea Reserve
Star of the Sea Reserve

Star of the Sea Reserve shines as a quiet place to explore forests and wetlands on Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth.

Stony Beach
Stony Beach

A small, hidden gem tucked away from the crowds, Stony Beach embodies Woods Hole’s low-key style.

Swifts Neck Beach
Swifts Neck Beach

The mixture of sand and grass along Swifts Neck Beach give this cozy neighborhood beach in Wareham a natural feel.

Tempest Knob
Tempest Knob

Embark into the Wareham River and upper Buzzards Bay from Tempest Knob, a town-owned public boat ramp in Wareham.

The Bogs
The Bogs

In the heart of the Mattapoisett River valley lies The Bogs, an oasis of forests, freshwater swamps, and cranberry bogs.

The Knob
The Knob

Catch a breathtaking sunset over Buzzards Bay from the protected shores at The Knob in Falmouth.

The Knubble
The Knubble

The tall, rocky outcropping and panoramic water views at The Knubble beach in Westport are a treasure for local residents.

The Sawmill
The Sawmill

At the edge of New Bedford’s urban North End sits The Sawmill, a 19-acre former lumber yard on the Acushnet River.

Tidal Flats Recreation Area
Tidal Flats Recreation Area

Explore the Cape Cod Canal from Tidal Flats Recreation Area in Bourne, located at the foot of the iconic railroad bridge.

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Upcoming Events

Trail Running 101
Sat, July 14 -
Sun, September 16
Wildlands Trust,
Plymouth
Woods Hole Walking Tour
Sat, July 14 -
Sun, August 26
Marine Biological Laboratory Exhibit Center,
Falmouth
Family Fridays: Birds
Fri, July 20
4:30PM - 5:30PM
Shoolman Preserve,
Rochester

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