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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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This place is so big. I had intentions of spending lots of time here and had a bit of trouble... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Huntersville, North Carolina
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Beautiful Nature Reserve

We have walked this stunning boardwalk many times. It is a bird watchers mecca - you will see many... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Exeter, NH
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Covering 4,662 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats, this refuge was established to preserve the feeding, resting and nesting areas of migratory birds.
Newburyport, MA
+1 978-465-5753
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is so big. I had intentions of spending lots of time here and had a bit of trouble finding parking. We did see many species of birds (we were a little early in the season), but enjoyed our day. It’s a very scenic...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have walked this stunning boardwalk many times. It is a bird watchers mecca - you will see many photographers here - often from other countries - hoping to catch sight of a special bird. Once a giant deer came thundering across the marsh and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We very much enjoyed the refuge. Their pathways are very well maintained making it easy to get around. Many different varieties of birds just waiting to have their picture taken.

Thank LindaH09242015
Reviewed 1 week ago

After driving 2 hours to get there, a rather unpleasant and unapologetic woman at the visitor's center desk told us it was now closed to everyone else coming in. (It was Sunday at about 10:30 AM). She smugly told us that when their parking lot...More

Thank 94marys94
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

went here for stroll on the trails, trails where easy to follow, there are plenty of different spots to pull over and look for wildlife. The day we went there where several wild turkeys along the road with little baby turkeys following close by. Plenty...More

1  Thank Laura P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building has lots of information about birds in the area, great, clean bathrooms, and views out to the marsh area. We didn't have time to walk around outside, but loved the details we were able to see inside the building. We would visit again...More

Thank Pamela B
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

We drove north to Newburyport from Northboro, MA with the hopes of seeing some great wildlife and we were not disappointed. This is a great location for wildlife viewing. It’s easy to get to, there is a good amount of parking and there are lots...More

Thank rhiggs79
Reviewed 27 May 2018

Went on the marsh and dune hikes. (Hike is an exaggeration, more like strolls in the woods). Saw many birds and birders. There are steps, so not OK for strollers or wheelchairs.

Thank gulliver_sd
Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

Your National Park pass can be used here. A very nice quiet visitor center. There is a video and displays. Then there is the actual refuge with a number of boardwalks/trails. They are beautiful! One of our group had ambulation challenges and it was a...More

Thank Jacklyn S
Reviewed 10 May 2018

We have visited the refuge for the past four years during the spring warbler migration and it is a most rewarding experience. Each year we get a bit more proficient in identifying the different species and it is very enjoyable. It's also a great place...More

Thank janw00
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Karen B
4 March 2017|
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Response from Ron T | Reviewed this property |
Parker River admin contact: 978-465-5753, parkerriver@fws.gov
25 September 2016|
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Response from FlossEm77 | Reviewed this property |
No pets on the refuge.
9 July 2015|
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Response from Gscriven | Reviewed this property |
Not sure of the location of the reading nook, but we walked every trail in the park except the Bird Blind trail as the small parking lot was always full. I think the reading nook may be located at the park headquarters and... More