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Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury

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Salisbury Beach State Reservation is a state-owned, public recreation area on the Atlantic Ocean in the town of Salisbury, Massachusetts, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. It is one of the most heavily utilized state parks in the Commonwealth, with "an annual attendance rate of over one million visitors."HistoryThe land was acquired for use as a state park in 1931. It saw improvements in the following decade done by the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps. The reservation came under the jurisdiction of the Department of Conservation and Recreation in 1969. Continuing park improvements include the construction of a new jetty in 2015.WildlifeNotable wildlife includes harbor seals, which are often found on Badgers Rocks in the Merrimack River in the fall and winter. Birds that can be sighted include black ducks, green-winged teal, and great blue herons, along with pectoral, solitary, and least sandpipers. "White-winged and surf scoters can be seen flying low over open water or bobbing in loose flocks among the offshore waves."Activities and amenitiesBeaches: The park features a 3.8mi beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Beaches and restrooms are handicapped-accessible. Smaller, non-swimming beaches are found on the Merrimack River. Camping: The park's 484-site campground includes handicapped-accessible sites as well as RV hookups and dump station. Boating: Motorized and non-motorized boating can be accessed from two boat ramps on the Merrimack River.The park also offers showers, picnicking, a playground and pavilion, fishing, restricted hunting, a group day-use area, and educational programs.Fees: In 2015, the park entrance fee was $14 a day for Massachusetts residents and $16 for visitors from out of state.
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  • Salisbury Beach is a favorite of ours year round. It is clean and well maintained. Today we enjoyed seeing a young seal resting on the beach, as well as loons, a Bald Eagle and mounted State Troupers ...  more »
  • We found this beach a few years ago and thought ok might as well try it. So we did. We were so happy to see that this beach is clean and had clean bathrooms. A huge plus when you are at the beach. The...  more »
  • This is a great place to visit on either the ocean side or the river side (though the ocean side has more waves). Take your shoes off, walk the sand, and enjoy the beach.  more »