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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 through the woods at Rounseville II Preserve in Rochester
15 Mary’s Pond Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Discover woods, wetlands, and wildlife on the easy loop trail at Rounseville II Preserve in Rochester.

Size: 48.3 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking area by ball fields
Facilities: None
Saulnier Memorial Bike trail along Clarks Cove in the South End of New Bedford
Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford, MA 02744
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With spectacular open-water views, the Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail is the best route to tour New Bedford's scenic South End.

Size: 3.5 miles
Parking: Large paved parking lots at Hazelwood Park, Fort Taber Park, and East Beach; small paved parking area at New Bedford Harbor Walk; street parking along East Rodney French Boulevard and West Rodney French Boulevard
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Restrooms (seasonal), Trash
Wooden picnic table and bench beside tall pine woods
Savery Ave., Carver, MA 02330
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Feel immersed in deep pine woodlands at this town-owned picnic area and trail in Carver.

Size: 33 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas (space for 3-4 cars) along Savery Avenue
Facilities: Trash, Picnic Tables
red barn next to Shaw Farm Trail in Fairhaven
97 Shaw Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Stretching for nearly a mile, Shaw Farm Trail offers hikers a place to explore Nasketucket Bay’s coastal farms and forests.

Size: 0.9 miles
Parking: Street parking on Shaw Road in Fairhaven; Large unpaved parking area at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation
Facilities: None
girl walking on Shell Point Beach at sunset
Onset, MA 02558
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With sandy shores and a grassy park, Shell Point Beach is a perfect destination to explore Wareham’s coastal scenery.

Size: 1.6 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot; fee to park May 1 to October 1
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
Shining Sea Bikeway through a salt marsh in Falmouth
Depot Road, Falmouth, MA 02556
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Take a journey of discovery down the Shining Sea Bikeway, a 10.7-mile paved bike path through Falmouth.

Size: 10.7 miles
Parking: Gravel parking areas on County Road, Old Dock Road, Depot Avenue, Woods Hole Road, and Oyster Pond Road
Facilities: Restrooms (portable), Picnic Tables, Trash
woman holding a net next to the water at Shining Tides Beach in Mattapoisett
99 Reservation Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Swimming, paddling, quahogging, crabbing – Shining Tides Beach truly offers it all for Mattapoisett residents.

Size: 4 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area; parking pass required in summer (first week of July through last week of August)
Facilities: Picnic Table
salt marsh along Nasketucket Bay shoreline in Fairhaven
721 Sconticut Neck Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Shipyard Farm in Fairhaven packs a scenic punch in its short trail across farmland to serene Nasketucket Bay.

Size: 53 acres
Parking: Small roadside parking area near entrance sign
Facilities: None
Mattapoisett River from Shoolman Preserve in Rochester
204 New Bedford Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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This farm and forest along the Mattapoisett River in Rochester was preserved for birds — and explorers like you!

Size: 79.74
Parking: Roadside parking along New Bedford Road
Facilities: Picnic table
a family walks down the sand at Silvershell Beach in Marion
1 Front St., Marion, MA 02738
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With pretty views and peaceful waters, Silvershell Beach is a favorite summer spot for families in Marion.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; Marion or Rochester resident privilege sticker required to park at all times
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Playground
A wooden bench beside the water at Simmons Mill Pond Management Area in Little Compton
206 Coldbrook Rd., Little Compton, RI 02837
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Known for its educational signs, this Little Compton reserve is popular among hunters, hikers, paddlers, and curious young explorers.

Size: 433 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area on Coldbrook Road; small unpaved parking area on John Dyer Road
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
view of the Slocums River from the Slocum's River Reserve in Dartmouth
285 Horseneck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Soak up the spectacular natural beauty of the Slocums River at the Slocum’s River Reserve in South Dartmouth.

Size: 47 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
view of Nonquitt Marsh from observation deck at Smith Farm in Dartmouth
355 Smith Neck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Smith Farm offers a peek at Dartmouth's coastal habitats, from forested swamps and ponds to scenic salt marshes.

Size: 140 acres
Parking: Small dirt roadside parking area on Smith Neck Road
Facilities: None
Two people walking along the water's edge at South Shore Beach in Little Compton
South Shore Rd., Little Compton, RI 02837
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Swim, soak up the sun, cast out a fishing line, or take a long walk along the rock-scattered shore at this Little Compton beach.

Size: 9.6 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Kayak launch (shoreline), RV camping with town permit
man walking on the trail at Star of the Sea Reserve in Dartmouth
Star of the Sea Drive, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Star of the Sea Reserve shines as a quiet place to explore forests and wetlands on Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth.

Size: 43.75 acres
Parking: Roadside parking by trailhead (marked with boulders)
Facilities: None
woman and little girl looking at sand at Swifts Neck Beach in Wareham
15 Roby St., Wareham, MA 02571
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The mixture of sand and grass along Swifts Neck Beach give this cozy neighborhood beach in Wareham a natural feel.

Size: 2.1 acres
Parking: Two large paved parking lots; fee to park May 1 to October 1
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Restrooms (seasonal)
freshwater swamp at The Bogs in autumn
138 Acushnet Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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In the heart of the Mattapoisett River valley lies The Bogs, an oasis of forests, freshwater swamps, and cranberry bogs.

Size: 212 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area on Acushnet Road
Facilities: None
sunset over The Knob in Falmouth
36 Quissett Harbor Rd., Falmouth, MA 02543
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Catch a breathtaking sunset over Buzzards Bay from the protected shores at The Knob in Falmouth.

Size: 12 acres
Parking: Limited parking at the end of Quissett Harbor Road
Facilities: None
rocky shoreline of The Knubble in Westport
Beach Ave., Westport, MA 02791
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The tall, rocky outcropping and panoramic water views at The Knubble beach in Westport are a treasure for local residents.

Size: 5 acres
Parking: Limited parking in designated areas (the easternmost end of Beach Avenue is periodically closed); resident beach sticker required year-round
Facilities: None
people stand on an overlook on the Acushnet River at The Sawmill
32 Mill Rd., Acushnet, MA 02743
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At the edge of New Bedford’s urban North End sits The Sawmill, a 19-acre former lumber yard on the Acushnet River.

Size: 19 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area; additional on-street parking
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch, Learning Center (limited hours)

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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