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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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Trees reflected on the surface of Forge Pond in Westport
235 Forge Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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From fishing to hiking to paddling, discover a variety of activities on this eight-acre Westport property.

Size: 7.8 acres
Parking: Small pull-off area along Forge Road, on north side of Forge Pond
Facilities: None
cannons along the water at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven
Green Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719
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With beautiful harbor views, a sandy beach, and a historic coastal fort, Fort Phoenix is a treasure for local residents.

Size: 9.3 acres
Parking: Three medium/large paved parking lots
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Playground
Fort Rodman and bike paths at Fort Taber Park in New Bedford
1000 South Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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With a sandy beach, bike path, and fishing pier, Fort Taber Park offers sweeping Buzzards Bay views steeped in history.

Size: 50 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot
Facilities: Pier (concrete), Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Playground, Learning/Visitor Center, Food/Concession (seasonal)
a wooded pond near sunset at Four Ponds Conservation Area in Bourne
140 Barlows Landing Rd., Pocasset, MA 02559
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Explore tranquil ponds, wetlands, and woods at Bourne's Four Ponds Conservation Area and Town Forest in Pocasset.

Size: 280 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None
boardwalk through the woods at Frank Knowles Little River Reserve in Dartmouth
637 Potomska Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Nestled along the Little River in Dartmouth, Frank Knowles/Little River Reserve offers miles of hiking trails.

Size: 194 acres
Parking: Small crushed-shell parking area; additional roadside parking
Facilities: None
Profile Rock at Freetown-Fall River State Forest
110 Slab Bridge Rd., Freetown, MA 02702
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For a true adventure, head to vast Freetown-Fall River State Forest, part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve.

Size: 5,441 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area at forest headquarters; Medium-sized unpaved parking areas at Profile Rock and on Copicut Road and Bell Rock Road; Roadside parking at trailheads throughout forest
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash
shoreline of the Slocums River in Dartmouth from Gaffney Road Landing
2 Gaffney Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Take a paddling adventure on the gorgeous Slocums River in Dartmouth from this small town-owned landing.

Parking: Small gravel parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: None
George E. Wood Memorial Fishermen's Access Ramp in Rochester
487 Neck Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Explore Snipatuit Pond on a canoe, kayak, or small boat from this state launch ramp in Rochester.

Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch
The sunset reflected in the waters of flooded wetlands at Goldavitz Bog in Marion
Parlowtown Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Discover a former cranberry bog and the birds, turtles, and mammals of the wooded wetlands at Marion's Goldavitz Bog.

Size: 75.57 acres
Parking: Two small roadside pulloffs by bog
Facilities: None
People gathered on the sandy beach and swimming in the waters of Grews Pond, at Goodwill Park in Falmouth
Goodwill Park Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Families flock to Goodwill Park in Falmouth to enjoy grassy lawns and sandy beach along the cool waters of Grews Pond.

Size: 86 acres
Parking: Three free parking areas on Goodwill Park Road
Facilities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Grills, Trash, Pavilion, Playground
A view of Buzzards Bay between two World War II lookout towers at Gooseberry Island in Westport.
West Shore Road, Westport, MA 02790
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Explore nature, history, and spectacular coastal beauty along the rugged shores of Gooseberry Island in Westport.

Size: 73 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Restrooms (seasonal)
Atlantic Ocean from the shores of Goosewing Beach Preserve in Little Compton, Rhode Island
South Shore Road, Little Compton, RI 02837
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Escape the crowds for windswept dunes and crashing waves at Little Compton's Goosewing Beach Preserve.

Size: 75 acres
Parking: Large paved lot at South Shore Beach; fee to park, Memorial Day – Labor Day
Facilities: Learning Center (seasonal)
The wetlands at Grassi Bog in Marion
813 Mill St. , Marion, MA 02738
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Take in the sounds of frogs and singing songbirds in a former cranberry bog on the trails around Grassi Bog in Marion.

Size: 36.55 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
Large ship on the Cape Cod Canal seen from Gray Gables beach in Bourne
15 Gilder Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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This sandy beach in Bourne is a local favorite thanks to its cozy neighborhood vibe and fascinating views of Cape Cod Canal.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot
Facilities: Trash
dock with commercial fishing vessels on Great Harbor in Woods Hole
16 Albatross St., Falmouth, MA 02540
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This Woods Hole boat ramp is a gateway for boaters and anglers to the waters of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound.

Parking: One parking spot at ramp for loading and unloading; metered street parking available throughout Woods Hole
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Dock (wood/floating)
Sandy boat ramp leading into the waters of Great Herring Pond Boat Ramp
144 Herring Pond Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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This Bourne boat ramp is a great place to launch paddle crafts or small boats, as well as a popular fishing spot.

Parking: Small unpaved parking lot (space for 6-7 cars) on Little Sandy Pond Road
Facilities: None
A man looking out over farmland from the trail at Great Neck Conservation Area in Wareham.
36 Crooked River Rd., Wareham, MA 02571
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From hilly glacial remnants to lush salt marshes, Great Neck Conservation Area in Wareham has something for everyone.

Size: 104 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
boy walking through the woods at Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Stockton Short Cut, Wareham, MA 02571
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Explore pine forests and salt marshes overlooking the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal at Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.

Size: 219 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
A man and his dog crossing over a fallen tree at Hagemann Woods in Marion
603 Point Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Walk through wetlands and a red maple forest with long ties to Marion’s history at Hagemann Woods.

Size: 23 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for about 5 cars)
Facilities: None
a man walking a dog on the trail through the woods at Halfway Pond Conservation Area in Plymouth
387 Mast Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360
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Discover Plymouth’s peaceful ponds and woodlands by foot or canoe at Halfway Pond Conservation Area.

Size: 409.6 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking areas on Mast Road and at the intersection of Gallows Pond Road and West Long Point Road
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch

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