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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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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
woman and little girl looking at sand at Swifts Neck Beach in Wareham
15 Roby St., Wareham, MA 02571
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The mixture of sand and grass along Swifts Neck Beach give this cozy neighborhood beach in Wareham a natural feel.

Size: 2.1 acres
Parking: Two large paved parking lots; fee to park May 1 to October 1
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Restrooms (seasonal)
boaters putting boat on trailer at Tempest Knob ramp in Wareham
30 Oak St., Wareham, MA 02571
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Embark into the Wareham River and upper Buzzards Bay from Tempest Knob, a town-owned public boat ramp in Wareham.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Dock (wood/floating)
freshwater swamp at The Bogs in autumn
138 Acushnet Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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In the heart of the Mattapoisett River valley lies The Bogs, an oasis of forests, freshwater swamps, and cranberry bogs.

Size: 212 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area on Acushnet Road
Facilities: None
sunset over The Knob in Falmouth
36 Quissett Harbor Road, Falmouth, MA 02543
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Catch a breathtaking sunset over Buzzards Bay from the protected shores at The Knob in Falmouth.

Size: 12 acres
Parking: Limited parking at the end of Quissett Harbor Road
Facilities: None
rocky shoreline of The Knubble in Westport
Beach Ave., Westport, MA 02791
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The tall, rocky outcropping and panoramic water views at The Knubble beach in Westport are a treasure for local residents.

Size: 5 acres
Parking: Limited parking in designated areas (the easternmost end of Beach Avenue is periodically closed); resident beach sticker required year-round
Facilities: None
people stand on an overlook on the Acushnet River at The Sawmill
32 Mill Rd., Acushnet, MA 02743
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At the edge of New Bedford’s urban North End sits The Sawmill, a 19-acre former lumber yard on the Acushnet River.

Size: 19 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area; additional on-street parking
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch, Learning Center (limited hours)
Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge from Tidal Flats Recreation Area in Bourne
33 Canal Service Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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Explore the Cape Cod Canal from Tidal Flats Recreation Area in Bourne, located at the foot of the iconic railroad bridge.

Parking: Two medium-sized paved parking areas
Facilities: Trash, Picnic Table, Restrooms (seasonal)
vernal pool at the Woodcock Preserve in Mattapoisett
29 Long Plain Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Tinkhamtown Woodlands and neighboring Woodcock Preserve include over 100 acres in the Mattapoisett River Reserve.

Size: 107 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area on Long Plain Road
Facilities: None
the remnants of a former mill on Tinkham Pond in Mattapoisett
Acushnet Road, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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History and nature abound at Tripps Mill, a scenic trail and fishing spot on Tinkham Pond in Mattapoisett.

Size: 212 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area on Acushnet Road
Facilities: None
Sippican River at Tweedy and Barnes in Wareham
230 Blackmore Pond Rd., Wareham, MA 02576
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Explore woods and wetlands along the Sippican River at Tweedy and Barnes in Wareham.

Size: 25 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area; additional roadside parking
Facilities: None
woman walking on a trail at the Watuppa Reservation in Fall River
2929 Blossom Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, Watuppa Reservation is a gateway to a vast expanse of protected forests.

Size: 4,800 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking areas on Blossom Road south of reservation headquarters and on Indian Town Road at Copicut Woods
Facilities: Bicycle Rack
sandy shoreline of West Beach in New Bedford
200 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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West Beach in New Bedford is well-known for its clear, calm waters, where families can splash and play on Clarks Cove.

Parking: Roadside parking open 6am-9pm; additional parking in Hazelwood Park
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Bicycle Rack, Trash
trail along Nasketucket Bay at West Island State Reservation
163 Fir St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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West Island State Reservation's pristine coastal habitats offer a natural retreat that outdoor enthusiasts will love.

Size: 338 acres
Parking: Small gravel roadside parking area by trailhead
Facilities: None
lookout tower at West Island Town Beach in Fairhaven
2 Fir St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Set next to windswept salt marshes on West Island, this Fairhaven beach is a paradise for outdoors lovers.

Size: 13.8 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
West Beach next to boat ramp in New Bedford's South End
519 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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This public boat ramp in New Bedford’s South End offers boaters, paddlers, and anglers access to scenic Clarks Cove.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp
boats launching at Westport River boat ramp
17 Cherry and Webb Ln., Westport, MA 02790
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Head out for a day of fishing and boating on Buzzards Bay from the state boat ramp on the Westport River.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Dock (floating), Restrooms (seasonal)
East Branch of the Westport River from Westport Town Farm
830 Drift Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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History comes to life at Westport Town Farm, where you can explore a Colonial-era farm along the Westport River.

Size: 40 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables
A group of kayakers in the Weweantic River at the state boat ramp.
I-195, Wareham, MA 02576
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Explore the Weweantic River in a small boat, kayak, or paddleboard from the Route 195 state boat ramp in Wareham.

Parking: Large paved parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Visitor Center (seasonal)
A woman standing by the Agawam Mill Pond at Whitlock's Landing in Wareham.
150 Glen Charlie Rd., Wareham, MA 02538
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Begin a paddling adventure on the Agawam River's flat, beautiful waters from Whitlock’s Landing in Wareham.

Size: 0.5 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch

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