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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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lifeguard chair in the sand at Mattapoisett Town Beach
32 Water St., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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In the heart of this quiet waterfront village, Mattapoisett Town Beach offers sandy shores and picturesque harbor views.

Size: 1.9 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; fee to park in summer (first week of July through last week of August)
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Shower, Picnic Tables, Playground
view of Mattapoisett River mouth and Mattapoisett YMCA property from Mattapoisett Town Landing
65 Mattapoisett Neck Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Take a scenic paddle on Mattapoisett Harbor and the mouth of the Mattapoisett River from Mattapoisett Town Landing.

Size: 1.75 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area; parking pass required
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Bicycle Rack, Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Table
Stone wharf at Mattapoisett Town Wharf
8 Water Street, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Boaters cruising into Mattapoisett Harbor will find ample tie-up space and amenities at these five historic wharves.

Parking: Public street parking on north side of Water Street; resident parking pass required for Town Wharf parking
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier/Dock (concrete), Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables, Fuel, Water, Ice (seasonal), Concession (seasonal)
red maple swamp in winter at McBratney Reserve in Dartmouth
667 Smith Neck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Don’t let this Dartmouth reserve's small size fool you – it's full of interesting natural features, like a cultivated blueberry patch.

Size: 5 acres
Parking: Roadside parking along Smith Neck Road
Facilities: None
water view from Megansett Beach in North Falmouth
239 County Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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With its wide expanse of sand, Megansett Beach is a great spot for Falmouth residents to sit and watch sailboats on the harbor.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Trash
boat ramp at Megansett Harbor Landing in North Falmouth
298 County Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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For boaters on Cape Cod, Megansett Harbor Landing in North Falmouth is an awesome gateway to Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area (vehicles only; no trailer parking); resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier (wood), Shower (seasonal)
Looking east along the shoreline of Martha's Vineyard from Menemsha Hills
345 North Rd., Chilmark, MA 02535
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Hike through Martha's Vineyard's diverse habitats and take in breathtaking views of Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands.

Size: 211 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area
Facilities: Portable Toilets (seasonal)
Noquochoke River from Mill Pond Conservation Area in Westport
60 Reed Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Pick fruit at the community orchard, explore the woods, or watch the river flow by at Mill Pond Conservation Area in Westport.

Size: 8 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area (space for 4-5 cars)
Facilities: None
Large boulders on the path at Mock Moraine Trails in Falmouth
Stagecoach Way, Falmouth, MA 02540
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Hike or bike up and down wooded hills scattered with boulders at Mock Moraine and Eaton Preserve in West Falmouth.

Size: 26.7 acres
Parking: Medium unpaved parking area at Swift Park; small unpaved parking area on Stagecoach Way
Facilities: None
Sandy shoreline of Little Bay at Monks Park in Bourne
Valley Bars Circle, Bourne, MA 02559
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Explore rolling pine-and-oak woods by the edge of Bourne’s Little Bay on the network of trails at Monks Park.

Size: 9 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas on Valley Bars Circle; additional parking at kayak ramp (with town of Bourne beach sticker)
Facilities: Kayak Launch
Kids playing in the water at Monument Beach in Bourne
22 Emmons Rd., Bourne, MA 02559
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For a full day of swimming, boating, and playing by the Bay, look no further than Monument Beach in Bourne.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Food/Concession (seasonal)
The slips along the dock at Monument Beach Marina in Bourne
22 Emmons Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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This Bourne town marina provides a one-stop destination for boaters to explore the harbors and shores of upper Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Large paved parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Dock (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Trash, Fuel (seasonal), Food/Concession (seasonal)
a man and a dog on a large rock at the Munn Preserve in Mattapoisett
189 Mattapoisett Neck Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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For a leisurely walk out to one of Buzzards Bay’s quietest coves, look no further than the Munn Preserve in Mattapoisett.

Size: 18.5 acres
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area on Mattapoisett Neck Road by trailhead
Facilities: None
people walking through the woods at Myles Standish State Forest
194 Cranberry Rd., Carver, MA 02366
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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.

Size: 12,400 acres
Parking: Several paved parking areas throughout forest
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Visitor Center
the shoreline of Nasketucket Bay from Nasketucket Bay State Reservation
94 Brandt Island Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Nasketucket Bay State Reservation's 200 acres of coastal forests in Mattapoisett are a treasure for all ages.

Size: 371 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking lot
Facilities: Picnic table
grassy lawn next to Ned's Point Lighthouse at Veterans Memorial Park in Mattapoisett
50 Ned’s Point Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Swim, picnic, and play in the shadow of Mattapoisett’s Ned’s Point Lighthouse at this town-owned park and beach.

Size: 4 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking area
Facilities: Kayak Launch, Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash
trail through pine trees in Acushnet
Nestles Lane, Acushnet, MA 02743
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This wooded conservation area on Nestles Lane in Acushnet offers local residents a lovely walk along mossy stone walls.

Size: 85 acres
Parking: Two small roadside parking areas along Nestles Lane (south of the property) and near the intersection of Nestles Lane and Butts Lane (north of the property)
Facilities: None
People walking and jogging on the New Bedford CoveWalk.
1087 Cove Rd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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Stroll along a creative connection of nature, community, and art on the CoveWalk, part of The Blue Lane in New Bedford.

Parking: Small paved designated parking area on Cove Road at center entrance; medium-sized paved shared parking area on West Rodney French Boulevard at east entrance; small unpaved parking area on Cove Road at west entrance
Facilities: Trash
Wooden logs set into a leafy hillside to form steps at New Bedford Garden Club Reserve
6 Gaffney Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Adventurers of all ages can explore this small woodland, featuring a kettle pond ringed with rhododendrons.

Size: 2.67 acres
Parking: Street parking near Gaffney Road trailhead
Facilities: None
view of outer New Bedford Harbor from Harbor Walk
1560 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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Experience bustling New Bedford Harbor from up high on the New Bedford Harbor Walk, a paved walking and bike path.

Parking: Small paved parking area at the end of Gifford Street; limited roadside parking along East Rodney French Boulevard
Facilities: Trash

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