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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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Halfway Pond Conservation Area
Halfway Pond Conservation Area

Discover Plymouth’s peaceful ponds and woodlands by foot or canoe at Halfway Pond Conservation Area.

Hamlin Crossing
Hamlin Crossing

Hamlin Crossing’s peaceful wildflower meadow and quiet woods are a perfect place for a short, refreshing walk.

Hazelwood Park
Hazelwood Park

Set on a hill overlooking Clarks Cove, Hazelwood Park is a destination for outdoor recreation in New Bedford's South End.

Head of Westport Town Landing
Head of Westport Town Landing

Head of Westport Town Landing is a quaint spot for paddlers to begin a journey down the Westport River East Branch.

Hen Cove Beach
Hen Cove Beach

With calm waters and a roped-off swimming area, Hen Cove Beach in Bourne is perfect for families with small children.

Hen Cove Landing
Hen Cove Landing

Launch from Hen Cove Landing in Pocasset to reach Red Brook Harbor, one of Cape Cod’s favorite boating destinations.

Herb Hadfield Conservation Area
Herb Hadfield Conservation Area

Herb Hadfield's woods, wetlands, and meadows surround Angeline Brook, a pristine coldwater trout stream in Westport.

Herring Run Recreation Area
Herring Run Recreation Area

Herring Run Recreation Area's name tells you why it's special — it's home to a herring run on Cape Cod Canal.

Hiller’s Cove Beach
Hiller’s Cove Beach

In summer, Hiller's Cove Beach is a favorite destination for Mattapoisett families to splash in warm, calm waters.

Hix Bridge Landing
Hix Bridge Landing

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.

Hoppy’s Landing
Hoppy’s Landing

Called a “fisherman’s paradise," Hoppy’s Landing on West Island in Fairhaven is your gateway to Buzzards Bay.

Horseneck Beach State Reservation
Horseneck Beach State Reservation

With two miles of sand and surf, the 600-acre Horseneck Beach State Reservation is a recreational paradise in Westport.

Horseshoe Mill
Horseshoe Mill

Discover Buzzards Bay’s largest freshwater river at Horseshoe Mill, part of the growing Weweantic River Reserve in Wareham.

Howland Marsh
Howland Marsh

For a short walk with big views, grab your camera or binoculars and head to Howland Marsh in Marion.

Howland Reserve
Howland Reserve

Dartmouth's Howland Reserve offers visitors a taste of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve without the vast size.

Ice House (Miles) Pond
Ice House (Miles) Pond

Cool off at Falmouth’s Ice House Pond, a 7-acre kettle pond that's open for swimming, fishing, canoeing, and ice skating.

Island Wharf
Island Wharf

Boaters and paddlers will find a place to launch and keep their boats at this wharf and park on Sippican Harbor in Marion.

Jones Beach
Jones Beach

Local residents can come to Jones Beach in Dartmouth enjoy the calm waters of Clarks Cove and fresh air off Buzzards Bay.

Kirby Preserve
Kirby Preserve

With a spring vernal pool jam-packed with wildlife, Rochester’s charming Kirby Preserve is truly is a hidden gem to discover.

Knowles Reserve
Knowles Reserve

Take a short but fascinating walk through a salt marsh and red cedar forest at the Knowles Reserve in Dartmouth.

LaPalme Farm
LaPalme Farm

With nearly 50 acres of meadows and forests on the Acushnet River, LaPalme Farm celebrates Acushnet’s pastoral charm.

Lawrence Island
Lawrence Island

Whether by foot or on a kayak, make time to explore the sandy, protected shores of Lawrence Island in Cataumet.

Leonard’s Pond
Leonard’s Pond

Take in a lovely view of Leonard’s Pond in Rochester from the shores of these two small waterfront properties.

Let Conservation Area
Let Conservation Area

Accessible only from the Westport River East Branch, "The Let" is a perfect resting place for a mid-paddle picnic and a stroll.

Lionberger Woods
Lionberger Woods

With captivating streams and wetlands hidden in a quiet forest, Lionberger Woods in Rochester is easy to fall in love with.

Little Bay Conservation Area (Bourne)
Little Bay Conservation Area (Bourne)

Visit Bourne's Little Bay Conservation Area to discover a walk that captures Buzzards Bay’s unique coastal geography.

Little Bay Conservation Area (Fairhaven)
Little Bay Conservation Area (Fairhaven)

Branch off from the main route of Fairhaven’s Phoenix Bike Trail to explore the scenic shoreline at Little Bay Conservation Area.

Little Buttermilk Bay Woods
Little Buttermilk Bay Woods

Peaceful Little Buttermilk Bay Woods in Bourne hits all the right notes in just under a mile of walking trails.

Little Harbor Beach
Little Harbor Beach

The sandy shores and gentle waves at Little Harbor Beach in Wareham are a wonderful way to enjoy life by the Bay.

Lloyd Center for the Environment
Lloyd Center for the Environment

This environmental education center in Dartmouth is also a destination for outdoor exploration on the Slocums River.

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Upcoming Events

Mindfulness Walk: Slocum’s River Reserve
Sat, January 19
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Slocum's River Resereve,
Dartmouth
Seal & Seabird Cruise to Cuttyhunk
Sat, January 19
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Cuttyhunk Ferry Company,
New Bedford
Duck Waddle
Sun, January 20
1:00PM
Silvershell Beach Parking Area,
Marion

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