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With deep forests, rocky coasts, and rich salt marshes, Buzzards Bay is a haven for wildlife of all types. Migratory birds flock to our shores along the Atlantic Flyway, while frogs and salamanders thrive in the vernal pools that pop up in our woods each spring. So grab a pair of binoculars and visit one of these places to seek out our region’s special birds and wildlife.

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boardwalk leading to marsh at Howland Marsh in Marion
388 Point Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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For a short walk with big views, grab your camera or binoculars and head to Howland Marsh in Marion.

Size: 8.9 acres
Parking: Roadside parking
Facilities: None
Copicut River at Howland Reserve in Dartmouth
1331 North Hixville Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Dartmouth's Howland Reserve offers visitors a taste of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve without the vast size.

Size: 25 acres
Parking: Limited roadside parking along the west side of North Hixville Road across from gas easement and trailhead
Facilities: None
wooden dock with boat storage slips at Island Wharf in Marion
2 Island Wharf Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Boaters and paddlers will find a place to launch and keep their boats at this wharf and park on Sippican Harbor in Marion.

Parking: Large paved parking lot (vehicles only); parking sticker required for overnight parking (May 31 to September 15); limited parking for non-residents
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Pier (concrete), Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Water
view of New Bedford and Clarks Cove from Jones Park in Dartmouth
66 St. John St., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Local residents can come to Jones Beach in Dartmouth enjoy the calm waters of Clarks Cove and fresh air off Buzzards Bay.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Playground
trail through a red cedar forest at the Knowles Reserve in Dartmouth
Smith Neck Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Take a short but fascinating walk through a salt marsh and red cedar forest at the Knowles Reserve in Dartmouth.

Size: 29.5 acres
Parking: Roadside parking along Smith Neck Road and West Smith Neck Road
Facilities: None
fallen tree on Acushnet River in autumn
Blain Street, Acushnet, MA 02743
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With nearly 50 acres of meadows and forests on the Acushnet River, LaPalme Farm celebrates Acushnet’s pastoral charm.

Size: 47 acres
Parking: Limited street parking at the end of Blain Street
Facilities: None
bog boards through a salt marsh at Lawrence Island in Cataumet
Grasslands Lane, Bourne, MA 02534
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Whether by foot or on a kayak, make time to explore the sandy, protected shores of Lawrence Island in Cataumet.

Size: 7 acres
Parking: Small parking area at the end of Grasslands Lane
Facilities: None
picnic table next to Leonard's Pond in Rochester
359 Mary’s Pond Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Take in a lovely view of Leonard’s Pond in Rochester from the shores of these two small waterfront properties.

Size: 4.1 acres and 2.95 acres
Parking: Two small roadside parking areas along Mary’s Pond Road
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch, Picnic Table
entrance sign for The Let Conservation Area on the Westport River
Westport, MA 02790
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Accessible only from the Westport River East Branch, "The Let" is a perfect resting place for a mid-paddle picnic and a stroll.

Size: 63 acres
Parking: None (not accessible by vehicle)
Facilities: None
pier at Little Bay Conservation Area in Fairhaven
12 Little Bay Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Branch off from the main route of Fairhaven’s Phoenix Bike Trail to explore the scenic shoreline at Little Bay Conservation Area.

Size: 70 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area at the end of Little Bay Road
Facilities: Pier (concrete), Trash, Picnic Tables
clouds and sun rays over Buzzards Bay from Little Harbor Beach
99 Beach Plum Ln., Wareham, MA 02571
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The sandy shores and gentle waves at Little Harbor Beach in Wareham are a wonderful way to enjoy life by the Bay.

Size: 22 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot; resident parking sticker required
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
trail through the woods at the Lloyd Center in Dartmouth
430 Potomska Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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This environmental education center in Dartmouth is also a destination for outdoor exploration on the Slocums River.

Size: 82 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Trash, Learning/Visitor Center
Red Brook and the Lyman Reserve in winter
110 Red Brook Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360
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The Lyman Reserve's diverse paradise of woods, wetlands, and salt marshes shelter rare sea-run brook trout in Red Brook.

Size: 210 acres
Parking: Medium gravel parking lot
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Trash
boy holding up a fish he caught in Mary's Pond in Rochester
Perry’s Lane, Rochester, MA 02770
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A natural kettle hole, Mary’s Pond in Rochester is a popular destination for picnicking, paddling, and fishing.

Size: 10.29 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas on Perry's Lane
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
a woman rollerblading on the Mattapoisett Rail Trail
24 Mattapoisett Neck Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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The growing Mattapoisett Rail Trail offers a mile-long flat, paved bike path and a short footpath to the Mattapoisett River.

Size: 1.5 miles
Parking: Small paved parking area at Mattapoisett Town Landing (Mattapoisett resident/property owner parking pass required); one unmarked pulloff space next to path at Brandt Island Road (reserved for people with disabilities, infirmities, or parents with small children); free parking along Phoenix Bike Trail in Fairhaven
Facilities: None
lifeguard chair in the sand at Mattapoisett Town Beach
32 Water St., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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In the heart of this quiet waterfront village, Mattapoisett Town Beach offers sandy shores and picturesque harbor views.

Size: 1.9 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; fee to park in summer (first week of July through last week of August)
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Shower, Picnic Tables, Playground
view of Mattapoisett River mouth and Mattapoisett YMCA property from Mattapoisett Town Landing
65 Mattapoisett Neck Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Take a scenic paddle on Mattapoisett Harbor and the mouth of the Mattapoisett River from Mattapoisett Town Landing.

Size: 1.75 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area; parking pass required
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Bicycle Rack, Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Table
red maple swamp in winter at McBratney Reserve in Dartmouth
667 Smith Neck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Don’t let this Dartmouth reserve's small size fool you – it's full of interesting natural features, like a cultivated blueberry patch.

Size: 5 acres
Parking: Roadside parking along Smith Neck Road
Facilities: None
water view from Megansett Beach in North Falmouth
239 County Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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With its wide expanse of sand, Megansett Beach is a great spot for Falmouth residents to sit and watch sailboats on the harbor.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Trash
boat ramp at Megansett Harbor Landing in North Falmouth
298 County Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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For boaters on Cape Cod, Megansett Harbor Landing in North Falmouth is an awesome gateway to Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area (vehicles only; no trailer parking); resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier (wood), Shower (seasonal)

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