Plum Island offered the perfect outdoor escape on our way to Portland, Maine from Gloucester, Massachusetts. The island was teeming with wildlife and had trails that led to serene views.
Saltwater marsh on Plum Island
Plum Island is located near Newburyport, MA and is considered a barrier beach island. There are two separate parks located on the island, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Sandy Point State Reservation. Each park had trails and beaches for visitors enjoyment.
Bird watching was great!
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
The park is an amazing place to enjoy nature. One of the main goals for the refuge is to provide a safe haven for resident and migratory birds. The Piping Plover is highly protected and it is not surprising to see beaches closed to protect their nests.
Trail through sand dunes to a ocean lookout
Wildflower meadow along the road
Was so fun to try to capture all the birds
Along the trail to the ocean lookout
Boardwalk trail through the sand dunes
View from the ocean lookout at the end of the trail
Sandy Point State Reservation
Sandy Point is at the southern tip of Plum Island and a short drive through Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is necessary to get to the park. Here we were able to get beach access. The beach was fairly crowded because it was the only one open to the public. The water was still extremely chilly, so ankle deep was as far as I was willing to go.
On the beach!
It was quite windy, so there was a lot of sand blowing. It was cool to watch but hurt!
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