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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Plum Island

Newburyport, Massachusetts

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Plum Island

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Plum Island Professional Guide

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"Plum Island is a premier destination for birding in the Northeast."

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Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall
"Traveling over an elevated boardwalk, this hike surveys the freshwater marsh of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge, passes through Plum Island’s inner beach, and then crests enormous dunes to reach a lookout over the Atlantic Ocean. Those interested in increasing their hiking time can add the Pine Wood Trail, located south of the Hellcat Trail, and/or the Sandy Point State Reservation hike that loops around the southern end of the island opposite Ipswich Bay. A small section of trail off the southernmost parking area (7) is designed for wheelchair users. In addition, Pines Trail (at parking area 5) and many of the wildlife-observation areas are wheelchair accessible. Although Plum Island’s 6.3-mile beach is closed April 1–August 31 for piping plovers to nest and rear their chicks, the Hellcat Trail remains open all year. Also, as an interpretive trail that’s entirely boardwalk, it is convenient for families with small children or less mobile hikers."

Trail Information

Newburyport
Nearby City
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
1.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS Ipswich and Newburyport
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