Ellisville Harbor State Park, Plymouth

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Ellisville Harbor State Park is a Massachusetts state park located in the village of Ellisville in Plymouth. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).DescriptionEllisville Harbor State Park protects a unique coastal property which includes beachfront, salt marsh, rolling meadows, and red pine forest habitats. One of the most scenic spots on the South Shore coastline, visitors can see small fishing boats, a barrier beach, sphagnum bog, forested upland and open meadows. The large bog attracts many interesting birds as both a habitat and migrations stopover. In fall and winter, harbor seals can often be seen just offshore.A wide main trail of about 350 yards is maintained with a processed stone surface from a parking area to a wide, rocky beach. The endangered piping plovers and least terns nest along a section of the beach which is closed in the spring. Several side trails access other areas of the park. Poison ivy is a concern along trail edges.An 18th century farmstead is also included on the property and is part of the Department of Conservation and Recreations Historic Curatorship Program. As of 2009, the curators are Don and Kristy McIvor.
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  • 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 »
  • This is a very cozy manageable stroll through a forest ending up at the Ocean. Quiet and peaceful scenes and great spot for a picnic lunch.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Trail is about a mile hike, beach is totally worth it. Very nice and the pups enjoyed it highly.
  • Beautiful hidden beach. There is a little bit of a steep walk to get to the actual beach, not for people who have balance or mobility issues.

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