Ellisville Harbor State Park, Plymouth

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Ellisville Harbor State Park is a nature preserve and public recreation area located in the village of Ellisville, Massachusetts, on the western shore of Cape Cod Bay. Natural features of the coastal property include a barrier beach, sphagnum bog, salt marsh, rolling meadows, and red pine forest habitats. Scenic features include views of the South Shore coastline, small fishing boats, harbor seals seen offshore during fall and winter, and birds attracted to the park's bog as both habitat and migration stopover. The state park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.HistoryBetween 2,500 and 5,000 years ago, prehistoric Native Americans hunted, fished, harvested shellfish, and made tools here. An area of approximately, which includes at least two Native American sites, was designated an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) in 1980. The state acquired of the ACEC to create the state park in 1991. In its earlier days, the harbor was a busy loading spot for ships taking timber to Boston and for local fishing. The park's reproduction colonial farmstead/tavern property is part of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Historic Curatorship Program.
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  • Great park for walking. If you are a 'birder' you will love this park. Enough variety for young and old who enjoy the out of doors.  more »
  • We came to Ellisville to see the harbor seals. At this time of year the seals are known to frequent this area. The park is clean yet rustic. One needs to do a fair amount of walking to get from the lo...  more »
  • This is an awesome spot to walk, bird watch and see seals while they lay on the rocks. Just make sure to lock your car as I had some things stolen today because the car wasn't locked. Also, watch for ...  more »
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  • Nice trail on a warm day. Lot of hills, and good exercise. View is worth it :)
  • Beautiful place to see harbor seals & go on walking trails..
  • We went on a cold rainy day in December and had a blast! The seals were swimming within 20 feet of the shore. Very pretty spot!
  • Nice hike through wooded area, cared-for path, leading down to the beach. Somewhat secluded, not crowded. Typically see seals, especially at low tide. Sea gulls and terns. Osprey nest in the marsh area. Love this park!
  • A nice park. It's not overwhelming in scope but there's a nice trail with good views and an ocean/beach aspect to it. I got to see seals sunbathing on the rocks in April, great place to see them! This is a great place for looking at tidal pools and exploring, not so much for a sandy beach, although there are spots to lay blankets. Also close to good dining options in Plymouth.
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