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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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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
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
The barn and wildflower field at Hamlin Crossing in Acushnet
126 Hamlin St., Acushnet, MA 02743
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Hamlin Crossing’s peaceful wildflower meadow and quiet woods in Acushnet are a perfect place for a short, refreshing walk.

Size: 9 acres
Parking: Small roadside parking area on Hamlin Street across from entrance
129 Hartley Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Take in scenic water and woodland views around the seven ponds of this wildlife management area in Rochester.

Size: 70 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area off Hartley Road (space for 3-4 cars)
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
Tall, ramrod-straight trees along the trail at Haskell Swamp Wildlife Management Area
200 Dexter Ln., Rochester, MA 02770
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This 3,100-acre forest in Rochester, Marion, and Mattapoisett is maintained for hunting, though adventurous explorers will also find much to love.

Size: 3,104 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area at the end of Dexter Lane
Facilities: None
family flying a kite at Hazelwood Park in New Bedford
529 Brock Ave., New Bedford, MA 02741
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Set on a hill overlooking Clarks Cove, Hazelwood Park is a destination for outdoor recreation in New Bedford's South End.

Size: 23 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Trash, Picnic Table(s), Playground
three people in kayaks on the East Branch of the Westport River at the Head of Westport Town Landing
495 Old County Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Head of Westport Town Landing is a quaint spot for paddlers to begin a journey down the Westport River East Branch.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Small unpaved roadside parking area on Drift Road; Small unpaved parking area off Old County Road; Additional street parking on Old County Road
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
Trail through a thick field of ferns in the woods at Westport's Headwaters Conservation Area
209 Blossom Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Explore dense forests, forested wetlands, and wildflower-rich former farmland at Headwaters Conservation Area in Westport.

Size: 133 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for 1-2 cars) off Blossom Road
Facilities: None
meadow trail at Herb Hadfield Conservation Area in Westport
328 Adamsville Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Herb Hadfield's woods, wetlands, and meadows surround Angeline Brook, a pristine coldwater trout stream in Westport.

Size: 152 acres
Parking: Two small gravel parking areas
Facilities: None
Sagamore Bridge from Herring Run Recreation Area in Bourne
810 Scenic Highway, Bourne, MA 02532
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Herring Run Recreation Area's name tells you why it's special — it's home to a herring run on Cape Cod Canal.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables
hundreds of people on Horseneck Beach on a summer day
251 John Reed Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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With two miles of sand and surf, the 600-acre Horseneck Beach State Reservation is a recreational paradise in Westport.

Size: 600 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lots
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Picnic Tables
Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station in Westport, Massachusetts
241 East Beach Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Discover Massachusetts' maritime history at Westport's Horseneck Point Life-Saving Station, one of the last of its kind in the state.

Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking lot across East Beach Rd.
Facilities: Learning Center, Restrooms (seasonal)
the remnants of an old dam at Horseshoe Mill in Wareham
Station Street, Wareham, MA 02571
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Discover Buzzards Bay’s largest freshwater river at Horseshoe Mill, part of the growing Weweantic River Reserve in Wareham.

Size: 34 acres
Parking: Medium-sized parking area at the end of Station Street
Facilities: None
boardwalk leading to marsh at Howland Marsh in Marion
388 Point Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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For a short walk with big views, grab your camera or binoculars and head to Howland Marsh in Marion.

Size: 8.9 acres
Parking: Roadside parking
Facilities: None
Copicut River at Howland Reserve in Dartmouth
1331 North Hixville Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Dartmouth's Howland Reserve offers visitors a taste of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve without the vast size.

Size: 25 acres
Parking: Limited roadside parking along the west side of North Hixville Road across from gas easement and trailhead
Facilities: None

Upcoming Events

Fall Tree Walk
Sat, October 19
10:30AM - 12:00PM
Lloyd Center for the Environment,
Dartmouth
Nasketucket Bird Club Walk
Sat, October 19
7:30AM - 10:30AM
West Island,
Fairhaven
Bird Walk
Sun, October 20
9:00AM - 11:00AM
Douglas S. Westgate Conservation Area,
Wareham

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