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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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Myles Standish State Forest
Myles Standish State Forest

With over 12,000 acres to hike, bike, fish, camp, and hunt, you'll never run out of ways to have fun at Myles Standish in Carver.

Nasketucket Bay State Reservation
Nasketucket Bay State Reservation

Nasketucket Bay State Reservation's 200 acres of coastal forests in Mattapoisett are a treasure for all ages.

Ned’s Point
Ned’s Point

Swim, picnic, and play in the shadow of Mattapoisett’s Ned’s Point Lighthouse at this town-owned park and beach.

Nestles Lane Conservation Area
Nestles Lane Conservation Area

This wooded conservation area on Nestles Lane in Acushnet offers local residents a lovely walk along mossy stone walls.

New Bedford CoveWalk
New Bedford CoveWalk

Stroll along a creative connection of nature, community, and art on the CoveWalk, part of The Blue Lane in New Bedford.

New Bedford Harbor Walk
New Bedford Harbor Walk

Experience bustling New Bedford Harbor from up high on the New Bedford Harbor Walk, a paved walking and bike path.

New Bedford Reservoir
New Bedford Reservoir

Known by locals as "Lake Street," the New Bedford Reservoir in Acushnet is a peaceful destination for fishing and paddling.

New Boston Trail
New Boston Trail

Running beneath groves of stately beech trees, New Boston Trail in Fairhaven gives visitors peaceful views of forest and wetland habitat.

Nickerson Conservation Area
Nickerson Conservation Area

Discover a hidden gateway to the Cape Cod Canal’s southern shoreline along the wooded trails at Nickerson Conservation Area.

North Water Street Beach
North Water Street Beach

A short walk from Onset Village, North Water Street Beach offers spectacular sunset views over Broad Cove.

Oakdale Beach
Oakdale Beach

Launch a canoe or kayak and explore Marion’s scenic Hammett Cove from the beach at Oakdale Avenue.

Ocean View Farm Reserve
Ocean View Farm Reserve

Magnificent coastal scenery awaits you at Ocean View Farm Reserve, one of Dartmouth’s newest places to explore.

Old Harbor Wildlife Refuge
Old Harbor Wildlife Refuge

Walk through forests crisscrossed with old stone walls and discover vernal pools in spring at Old Harbor Wildlife Refuge.

Old Landing Wharf
Old Landing Wharf

Water-loving Marion residents can begin a day of boating or kayaking from Old Landing Wharf on Sippican Harbor.

Old Silver Beach
Old Silver Beach

For a classic sandy beach to enjoy in summer, Old Silver Beach in Falmouth is a top destination on Buzzards Bay.

Onset Beach
Onset Beach

Families flock to kid-friendly Onset Beach in Wareham thanks to its protected waters, beautiful scenery, and central location.

Onset Boat Ramp
Onset Boat Ramp

Launch your vessel into the waters of Onset Bay from the newly renovated Onset Boat Ramp in Wareham.

Onset Town Pier
Onset Town Pier

Explore by land or sea from this bustling centerpiece of Onset Village in Wareham.

P.J. Keating Woods
P.J. Keating Woods

Discover a slice of secluded nature along the urban Acushnet River at P.J. Keating Woods.

Parsons Reserve
Parsons Reserve

Known for its stunning daffodil field, Parsons Reserve in Dartmouth holds many more beautiful surprises in its woods.

Paskamansett Landing
Paskamansett Landing

Paskamansett Landing is an oasis of nature and history in the urban center of North Dartmouth.

Paskamansett Park
Paskamansett Park

With a canoe launch, picnic table, and bench by the river, Paskamansett Park is a peaceful streamside setting.

Paskamansett Woods & Gidley Woods
Paskamansett Woods & Gidley Woods

Walk from suburban woods into dense hardwood forest, complete with a historic granite bridge over the Paskamansett River.

Pease Park
Pease Park

Located on the busy shores of inner New Bedford Harbor, Pease Park in Fairhaven offers vessels a place to launch.

Peirson Woods
Peirson Woods

Marion's Peirson Woods has an observation platform where you can view sailboats, salt marshes, and sea birds on the water.

Penikese Island
Penikese Island

Hike rolling hills, snorkel pristine waters, and take in a fascinating history on this Buzzards Bay island unlike any other.

Peterson Farm
Peterson Farm

Discover one of Cape Cod’s oldest farms at Peterson Farm in Falmouth, a working farm with grazing sheep alongside miles of trails through fields and forest.

Phoenix Bike Trail
Phoenix Bike Trail

The 4.5-mile paved Phoenix Bike Trail is a gateway to Fairhaven's coastal forests and salt marshes.

Planting Island Beach
Planting Island Beach

Planting Island Beach’s rugged, rocky shoreline offers a panoramic view of Sippican Harbor and Buzzards Bay.

Pocasset River Boat Ramp
Pocasset River Boat Ramp

Discover Bourne’s vibrant waterways by small boat or paddlecraft from this small boat ramp on the Pocasset River.

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Upcoming Events

Falmouth Woodcock Walk
Sat, March 23
6:45PM
Shining Sea Bikeway - Locust Street Lot,
Falmouth
Trail Run: Destruction Brook Woods
Sat, March 23
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Destruction Brook Woods,
Dartmouth
Wild, Wild Woodcock Walk
Sat, March 23
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary - Stone Barn Farm,
Dartmouth

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