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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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boat launch to New Bedford Reservoir at Lake Street
104 Lake St., Acushnet, MA 02743
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Known by locals as "Lake Street," the New Bedford Reservoir in Acushnet is a peaceful destination for fishing and paddling.

Size: 4 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area; several small pulloffs along Lake Street
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
A woman sitting by the edge of Great Quittacas Pond at New Bedford Waterworks in Rochester.
247 North Ave., Rochester, MA 02770
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Discover a peaceful beech tree forest and remarkable freshwater views at New Bedford Waterworks, part of the protected Assawompset Pond Complex.

Size: 842 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved lot at the North Rochester Congregational Church (near entrance gate R10); roadside parking at any fire road entrance gate (R1-18) not marked “no admittance” (do not block gates/fire lanes)
Facilities: None
Two women walking on a trail of bog boards through a muddy part of the woods.
325 New Boston Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Groves of stately beech trees shade New Boston Trail in Fairhaven, where you can take in peaceful views of forest and wetland habitat.

Size: 66.9 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None
Sign for the Cape Cod Canal on the trails at Nickerson Conservation Area in Bourne
12 Aptucxet Road, Bourne, MA 02532
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Discover a hidden gateway to the Cape Cod Canal along the wooded trails at Nickerson Conservation Area in Bourne.

Size: 8 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area at Aptucxet Trading Post
Facilities: None
Nobska Lighthouse from across the street at Nobska Point
233 Nobska Rd., Falmouth, MA 02543
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Tour Falmouth's historic Nobska Lighthouse, standing since 1876, or explore the shoreline and go fishing on Nobska Point.

Size: 4 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for 5-6 cars)
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Learning Center
geese and birds on Broad Cove in Wareham
8 North Water St., Onset, MA 02558
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A short walk from Onset Village, North Water Street Beach offers spectacular sunset views over Broad Cove.

Size: 1.2 acres
Parking: Parking along the street in neighborhood, outside of resident parking zones
Facilities: None
Man standing on the Falmouth Moraine Trail.
523 Nathan Ellis Hwy., Falmouth, MA 02556
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Take an invigorating hike through steep, rocky hills along the Northern Moraine Conservation Area in Falmouth.

Size: 255.6
Parking: Unpaved parking area (space for 7-8 cars) on south side of Route 151
Facilities: None
salt marshes along shoreline at Oakdale Beach in Marion
Oakdale Avenue, Marion, MA 02738
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Launch a canoe or kayak and explore Marion’s scenic Hammett Cove from the beach at Oakdale Avenue.

Size: 0.8 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area; resident privilege sticker required
Facilities: None
deer and wild turkeys in field at Ocean View Farm in Dartmouth
28 Allens Neck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Magnificent coastal scenery awaits you at Ocean View Farm Reserve, one of Dartmouth’s newest places to explore.

Size: 60 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
A misty dawn over the wildflowers of Old Aucoot District in Mattapoisett
18 Bowman Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Travel miles of trail through wildflower meadows, coastal forests, and wetlands at Old Aucoot District in Mattapoisett.

Size: 307 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area at the end of Bowman Road; small unpaved parking area on east side of Prospect Road, across from Spruce Avenue; small unpaved pull-off near kiosk on west side of Hollywoods Road
Facilities: None
Stone walls in colorful autumn woods at Old Harbor Wildlife Refuge in Westport
383 Old Harbor Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Walk through forests crisscrossed with old stone walls and discover spring vernal pools at Westport's Old Harbor Wildlife Refuge.

Size: 79 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area off Old Harbor Road
Facilities: None
Boats tied up at Old Landing Wharf in Marion.
291 Front St., Marion, MA 02738
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Water-loving Marion residents can begin a day of boating or kayaking from Old Landing Wharf on Sippican Harbor.

Parking: Small paved parking lot; Marion or Rochester resident privilege sticker required to park at all times
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Dock (wood/floating), Wharf, Picnic Tables
gull flying over Old Silver Beach in Falmouth at sunset
296 Quaker Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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For a classic sandy beach to enjoy in summer, Old Silver Beach in Falmouth is a top destination on Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Two large paved parking areas: one reserved for Falmouth residents and another for public parking
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Showers, Food/Concession
people on Onset Beach in the summer
186 Onset Ave., Wareham, MA 02558
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Families flock to kid-friendly Onset Beach in Wareham thanks to its protected waters, beautiful scenery, and central location.

Size: 10.9 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot and metered street parking; fee to park May 1 to October 1
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Food/Concession
people launching a boat into Broad Cove from the Onset boat ramp in Wareham
50 East Blvd., Wareham, MA 02538
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Launch your vessel into the waters of Onset Bay from the newly renovated Onset Boat Ramp in Wareham.

Parking: No parking at boat ramp; on-street parking (vehicles and trailers) only in marked residential and non-residential areas
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch
View of Acushnet River from Keating Woods
71 South Main St., Acushnet, MA 02743
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Discover a slice of secluded nature along the urban Acushnet River at P.J. Keating Woods.

Size: 21 acres
Parking: Best parking in rear lot at Acushnet Council on Aging (59 1/2 South Main St.)
Facilities: None
daffodils at Parsons Reserve in Dartmouth
33 Horseneck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02743
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Known for its stunning daffodil field, Parsons Reserve in Dartmouth holds many more beautiful surprises in its woods.

Size: 32 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area at Russells Mills Landing
Facilities: None
freshwater marsh along the Paskamansett River in Dartmouth
280 State Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Paskamansett Landing is an oasis of nature and history in the urban center of North Dartmouth.

Size: 0.72 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking lot
Facilities: Canoe Launch
canoe launch on the Paskamansett River in Dartmouth
879 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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With a canoe launch, picnic table, and bench by the river, Paskamansett Park is a peaceful streamside setting.

Size: 6.7 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Canoe Launch, Picnic Table
Old granite bridge over Paskamansett River at Gidley Woods in Dartmouth
21 Chase Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Walk from suburban woods into dense forest and over a historic granite bridge at Paskamansett & Gidley Woods in Dartmouth.

Size: 11 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for about 6 cars)
Facilities: None

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