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The Buzzards Bay region extends far beyond the Bay’s shores. And one of the best ways for you to explore it is also the simplest: Take a walk! Hiking doesn’t require any special equipment, and it’s fun for all ages. From walks along the beach to hikes through the woods, Buzzards Bay has hundreds of places for you to discover on foot.

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trail along Nasketucket Bay at West Island State Reservation
163 Fir St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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West Island State Reservation's pristine coastal habitats offer a natural retreat that outdoor enthusiasts will love.

Size: 338 acres
Parking: Small gravel roadside parking area by trailhead
Facilities: None
lookout tower at West Island Town Beach in Fairhaven
2 Fir St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Set next to windswept salt marshes on West Island, this Fairhaven beach is a paradise for outdoors lovers.

Size: 13.8 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
East Branch of the Westport River from Westport Town Farm
830 Drift Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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History comes to life at Westport Town Farm, where you can explore a Colonial-era farm along the Westport River.

Size: 40 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables
Trail through the woods at Westport Woods
573 Adamsville Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Hike or picnic, explore freshwater wetlands, bird-watch or just watch the clouds pass by in this family-friendly preserve.

Size: 81 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables
The ruined stone walls of White's Factory and connected channel
110 Hamlin St., Acushnet, MA 02743
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Step back in time at the 200-year-old ruins of White's Factory, a former cotton and saw mill on the Acushnet River.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area with space for 8-10 cars
Facilities: Picnic Tables
Wickets Island in Onset Bay
Wareham, MA 02538
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Boat out to this tree-covered island in Onset Bay to enjoy a day of swimming, shellfishing, and beachcombing, ending with one of the best sunsets around.

Size: 4.4 acres
Parking: None
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch (Shoreline), Pier/Dock (Stone)
The flat waters of Dundery Brook at Wilbour Woods in Little Compton
100 Swamp Rd. , Little Compton, RI 02837
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Explore lush trails beside a woodland river, then grill up a picnic lunch in this beautiful Little Compton forest.

Size: 84 acres
Parking: Several unpaved pull-off spaces along the dirt road parallel to Dundery Brook
two girls holding a pine cone in William Minot Forest
63 Minot Ave., Wareham, MA 02571
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Take an adventure through hilly pine and oak woods at William Minot Forest in Wareham.

Size: 205 acres
Parking: Large parking lot behind Minot Forest Elementary
Facilities: None
Wing Pond in Falmouth
124 North Falmouth Hwy., Falmouth, MA 02556
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Peace and tranquility define Wing Pond Woods, a well-hidden gem directly off the Shining Sea Bikeway in North Falmouth.

Size: 19 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
Winsegansett Marsh in Fairhaven
646 Sconticut Neck Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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With a scenic trail through the woods to Winsegansett Pond and a beach, this Fairhaven destination is a gem to discover.

Size: 160 acres
Parking: Roadside parking at trailheads on Sconticut Neck Road
Facilities: None
view of George's Pond from the Wylde Reserve in Dartmouth
61 Barneys Joy Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Follow the path at Wylde Reserve in Dartmouth to the salt marshes of Demarest Lloyd State Park.

Size: 5 acres
Parking: Small roadside parking area on Barneys Joy Road; additional parking at Demarest
Facilities: None

Upcoming Events

DNRT Storywalks
Sat, May 01 -
Mon, May 31
Multiple Locations,
Dartmouth
Spring Hike in Rochester
Wed, May 19
10:00AM - 1:00PM
Stephen Delano Memorial Forest,
Rochester

Featured Adventures

Seventeen places to see (hear and smell) the signs of spring

The best way to celebrate the spring season is to get outside and savor the re-awakening that is taking place. You’ll find the signs of spring in the woodlands, wetlands, salt marshes, and waters of Buzzards Bay. Here’s a quick list of places you are most likely to spy hopeful signs of the warmer weather that is on its way as well as some pointers on what to look for.

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Taking the time to be mindful in nature can be good for our health

A mindfulness walk can be good for mind, body, and soul. Best of all, it's an activity that can be done at any park or reserve near your home.

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Coalition offers self-guided outdoor activities for winter vacation

For February vacation, the Coalition has organized a set of child-friendly activities and guides that can be used by children, adults and families. The goal is to spend time in the outdoors and discover the beauty of the Buzzards Bay region’s natural resources, while following social distancing precautions.

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