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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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kids look through fish tanks at fish
114 Front St., New Bedford, MA 02740
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Discover your Buzzards Bay at this free environmental exploration center in downtown New Bedford.

Parking: Limited visitor parking; Metered street parking and Elm Street parking garage available nearby
Facilities: Learning Center
a man and a dog walking through the woods at Ridge Hill Reserve in Dartmouth
739 Collins Corner Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Hilly wooded uplands at this Dartmouth preserve capture the natural spirit of nearby Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve.

Size: 210 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None
flat trail through the forest at Rocky Gutter Wildlife Management Area in Middleborough
Rocky Gutter Street, Middleborough, MA
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Take a wild adventure through thousands of acres of remote forest and swamp at Rocky Gutter in Middleborough.

Size: 3,178 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas on either end of Rocky Gutter Street (Purchase Street and France Street); a third small unpaved parking area on Wildlife Area Access Road at Purchase Street and Faye Avenue
Facilities: None
sandy beach on Clarks Cove at Roger Street boat ramp
2 Rogers St., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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A bustling summer boating spot, this sandy public ramp in Dartmouth offers access to Clarks Cove and Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Large paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
people on Round Hill Beach in Dartmouth
Round Hill Beach Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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With calm waters and sweeping views, Round Hill Beach is a stunning summer destination for Dartmouth residents.

Size: 30 acres
Parking: Parking along paved Round Hill Beach Road
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
trail through the woods at Rounseville II Preserve in Rochester
15 Mary’s Pond Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Discover woods, wetlands, and wildlife on the easy loop trail at Rounseville II Preserve in Rochester.

Size: 48.3 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking area by ball fields
Facilities: None
boat launch at Russells Mills Landing in Dartmouth
50 Horseneck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Located on a quiet bend of the Slocums River in Dartmouth, Russells Mills Landing is a fantastic places for paddlers.

Size: 1.5 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch, Picnic Tables, Playground
Saulnier Memorial Bike trail along Clarks Cove in the South End of New Bedford
Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford, MA 02744
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With spectacular open-water views, the Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail is the best route to tour New Bedford's scenic South End.

Size: 3.5 miles
Parking: Large paved parking lots at Hazelwood Park, Fort Taber Park, and East Beach; small paved parking area at New Bedford Harbor Walk; street parking along East Rodney French Boulevard and West Rodney French Boulevard
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Restrooms (seasonal), Trash
beach and boat ramp at Seaview Avenue in Fairhaven
65 Seaview Avenue, Fairhaven, MA 02719
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The beach and boat ramp at Seaview Avenue in Fairhaven grant explorers access to Nasketucket Bay.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch
red barn next to Shaw Farm Trail in Fairhaven
97 Shaw Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Stretching for nearly a mile, Shaw Farm Trail offers hikers a place to explore Nasketucket Bay’s coastal farms and forests.

Size: 0.9 miles
Parking: Street parking on Shaw Road in Fairhaven; Large unpaved parking area at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation
Facilities: None
girl walking on Shell Point Beach at sunset
Onset, MA 02558
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With sandy shores and a grassy park, Shell Point Beach is a perfect destination to explore Wareham’s coastal scenery.

Size: 1.6 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot; fee to park May 1 to October 1
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
Shining Sea Bikeway through a salt marsh in Falmouth
Falmouth, MA 02556
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Take a journey of discovery down the Shining Sea Bikeway, a 10.7-mile paved bike path through Falmouth.

Size: 10.7 miles
Parking: Gravel parking areas on County Road, Old Dock Road, Depot Avenue, Woods Hole Road, and Oyster Pond Road
Facilities: Restrooms (portable), Picnic Tables, Trash
woman holding a net next to the water at Shining Tides Beach in Mattapoisett
99 Reservation Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Swimming, paddling, quahogging, crabbing – Shining Tides Beach truly offers it all for Mattapoisett residents.

Size: 4 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area; parking pass required in summer (first week of July through last week of August)
Facilities: Picnic Table
salt marsh along Nasketucket Bay shoreline in Fairhaven
721 Sconticut Neck Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Shipyard Farm in Fairhaven packs a scenic punch in its short trail across farmland to serene Nasketucket Bay.

Size: 53 acres
Parking: Small roadside parking area near entrance sign
Facilities: None
Mattapoisett River from Shoolman Preserve in Rochester
204 New Bedford Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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This farm and forest along the Mattapoisett River in Rochester was preserved for birds — and explorers like you!

Size: 79.74
Parking: Roadside parking along New Bedford Road
Facilities: Picnic table
a family walks down the sand at Silvershell Beach in Marion
1 Front St., Marion, MA 02738
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With pretty views and peaceful waters, Silvershell Beach is a favorite summer spot for families in Marion.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; resident privilege sticker required at all times
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Playground
view of the Slocums River from the Slocum's River Reserve in Dartmouth
285 Horseneck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Soak up the spectacular natural beauty of the Slocums River at the Slocum’s River Reserve in South Dartmouth.

Size: 47 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
view of Nonquitt Marsh from observation deck at Smith Farm in Dartmouth
355 Smith Neck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Smith Farm offers a peek at Dartmouth's coastal habitats, from forested swamps and ponds to scenic salt marshes.

Size: 140 acres
Parking: Small dirt roadside parking area on Smith Neck Road
Facilities: None
sandy shoreline of Squeteague Harbor Beach in Cataumet
18 Squeteague Harbor Rd., Bourne, MA 02534
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Peaceful, scenic Squeteague Harbor Beach is tucked into a quiet corner of Cataumet in Bourne.

Parking: Limited parking along beachway off Squeteague Harbor Road
Facilities: Trash
man walking on the trail at Star of the Sea Reserve in Dartmouth
Star of the Sea Drive, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Star of the Sea Reserve shines as a quiet place to explore forests and wetlands on Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth.

Size: 43.75 acres
Parking: Roadside parking by trailhead (marked with boulders)
Facilities: None

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