Table of Contents
Coast Guide Background
Public Transit Services
Coast Guide Key
Be a Coastal Caretaker
Coast Guide Sites
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston Inner Harbor
Crane Beach Area
Danvers - Salem
Dorchester Bay - Quincy
Gloucester - Manchester
Lynn - Nahant
Plum Island & Vicinity
Quincy - Braintree
Revere - Saugus
Salem - Swampscott
Salisbury - Newburyport
Weymouth - Hingham
Winthrop - East Boston
Herring Way Right-of-way located between 84 and 86 Northridge Road on steep slope to rocky shore. No parking.
Ipswich Salt Marshes An extensive network of salt marsh and adjacent coastal forest owned by the town of Ipswich, Department of Fish and Game (DFG), and Essex County Greenbelt Association (ECGB). Most areas are accessible only on foot or by boat, with road access available mainly via Town Farm Road.
Newbury Beach Sandy beach with dunes and concession stand. Paid parking and access points in various locations along Northern Boulevard.
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge - See "Coastal Focus" below.
Pavilion Beach Park and sandy beach with boat landing area, picnic tables, and playground. Parking lot.
Plum Island Beach Sandy beach and dunes adjacent to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Small paid parking lot at end of Fordham Way.
Rowley Salt Marshes An extensive network of salt marsh and adjacent coastal forest owned by the town of Rowley, DFG, and ECGB. Most areas are accessible only on foot or by boat, with road access available mainly via Stackyard Road off Route 1A.
Sally Weatherall Memorial Reservastion Wooded area and salt marsh with trails. Access off Little Neck Road. Limited free parking. Includes salt marsh parcel owned by Ipswich.
Sandy Point State Reservation Sandy beach, dunes, trails, and boardwalk (handicapped-accessible) to beach. Admission fee. Located at the end of Plum Island Road, beyond National Wildlife Refuge. Free parking.
Sawyer's Island Natural area with small-boat launching area and trails. Camping allowed with advance permission from ECGB. Parking recommended at intersection of Patmos and Stackyard Roads. Continue on foot down Patmos Road to site entrance. Site map available at site entrance.
Spencer Pierce Little Farm Natural area adjacent to Merrimack River with farm fields and historic home/barn landward of Water Street. Access to home/barn via Littles Lane off High Street.
Town Farm Salt Marsh Expansive salt marsh with access for residents only. Access via Town Farm Road. Street parking.
Town Pier Pier and boat ramp for resident use with permit only on Parker River adjacent to salt marsh and pond. Resident sticker parking.
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset, and an entrance fee is charged. Once parking capacity is reached (usually by mid-morning during peak season), no additional access is permitted until parking spaces have been vacated. The refuge has a trail system designed for nature photography and observation, along with an observation tower, visitor station with handicapped-accessible restrooms, and handicapped-accessible boardwalks for beach access. The beach is closed starting on April 1 until July or August to protect the threatened Piping Plover.
COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
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