Part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Parker River is home to over 300 species of local and migratory birds. Mammals, fish, insects, and reptiles are just some of the other species found in this idyllic Massachusetts destination making it a nature lovers paradise.
Established in 1942 Parker River is on a major bird migration route so it is a popular destination for birdwatchers and enthusiasts.The park is a place for birds to feed, rest, and nest during the migration season. As there is an abundance of fish and other local wildlife, the park acts as a sanctuary for many—including us humans who head out here to de-stress.
Situated on the North East coast of Massachusetts, Parker River is found on Plum Island near the Great Salt Marsh area. With such diversity, there are lots of opportunities to educate the kids on your trip out here and it is popular with schools. You can head to the large education center and visitor center for all the information you need on the refuge.
The refuge is not all about animals, there are lots of fun activities to suit all ages and abilities. If you are feeling energetic you can enjoy hiking, fishing, and hunting, or you can take part in regular nature trails and behind the scenes tours put on by the Friends of Parker River organization. There are always lots of events and volunteer programs to take part in.
Mosquitos and horseflies are menacing during hot months so do take care. You should also bring water bottles if you are heading out for a long hike as you will be exposed to the sun. Care needs to be taken when swimming as there are no lifeguards and the current can be heavy.
Parker River is a truly beautiful place to spend an hour or even a whole day exploring the best that nature has to offer. There is so much to see and do that one trip is never enough and you will feel like that way each time you go so there is always a reason to head out of the city to visit.