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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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Sagamore Bridge from Herring Run Recreation Area in Bourne
810 Scenic Highway, Bourne, MA 02532
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Herring Run Recreation Area's name tells you why it's special — it's home to a herring run on Cape Cod Canal.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables
sandy and salt marsh shoreline at Hiller's Cove Beach in Mattapoisett
46 Aucoot Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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In summer, Hiller's Cove Beach is a favorite destination for Mattapoisett families to splash in warm, calm waters.

Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area; parking pass required in summer (first week of July through last week of August)
Facilities: Restrooms
Dharma Voyage rowing at Hix Bridge Landing on the Westport River
303 Hixbridge Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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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.

Size: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Large unpaved parking lot (vehicles and trailers); resident permit required to park
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Dock (wood/floating)
pier next to the boat ramp at Hoppy's Landing in Fairhaven
69 Goulart Memorial Dr., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Called a “fisherman’s paradise," Hoppy’s Landing on West Island in Fairhaven is your gateway to Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Large crushed-shell parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Pier (wood), Restrooms, Trash
hundreds of people on Horseneck Beach on a summer day
251 John Reed Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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With two miles of sand and surf, the 600-acre Horseneck Beach State Reservation is a recreational paradise in Westport.

Size: 600 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lots
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Picnic Tables
the remnants of an old dam at Horseshoe Mill in Wareham
Station Street, Wareham, MA 02571
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Discover Buzzards Bay’s largest freshwater river at Horseshoe Mill, part of the growing Weweantic River Reserve in Wareham.

Size: 34 acres
Parking: Medium-sized parking area at the end of Station Street
Facilities: None
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
The shoreline of Ice House Pond in winter.
390 Sippewissett Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Cool off at Falmouth’s Ice House Pond, a 7-acre kettle pond that's open for swimming, fishing, canoeing, and ice skating.

Size: 7 acres
Parking: Small paved parking area
Facilities: Canoe Launch
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 and trailers up to 72 hours); resident privilege sticker required for overnight parking (May 31 to September 15); limited parking for non-residents
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Dock (concrete/floating), Dinghy/Kayak Storage, 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
Lichen growing on a tree in the woods at Kirby Preserve in Rochester.
9 Quaker Ln., Rochester, MA 02770
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With a spring vernal pool jam-packed with wildlife, Rochester’s charming Kirby Preserve is truly is a hidden gem to discover.

Size: 3.8 acres
Parking: Roadside parking by trailhead
Facilities: None
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
Trail signs on a tree at Lionberger Woods in Rochester.
75 Haskell Ridge Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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With captivating streams and wetlands hidden in a quiet forest, Lionberger Woods in Rochester is easy to fall in love with.

Size: 43.3 acres
Parking: Roadside parking by trailhead
Facilities: Picnic Tables
People walking on the trail through Little Bay and Monks Park in Bourne.
Valley Bars Circle, Bourne, MA 02559
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Visit Bourne's Little Bay Conservation Area to discover a walk that captures Buzzards Bay’s unique coastal geography.

Size: 21.33 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas off Shore Road and at the end of Valley Bars Circle
Facilities: Kayak Launch, Picnic Table
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

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