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Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury
(4.3/5 based on 100 reviews on the web)
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 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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TripAdvisor
  • 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. 
  • Nice sandy beach with easy access to the state campground. It has a jetty for climbing, fishing and walking. It affords great views of Hampton and Newburyport harbor. 
  • This state park was a pleasant surprise. I expected a massive parking lot on a sandy windswept beach and, since I was there Labor Day weekend, more than a few rowdy parties. In fact, it is grassy betw...  more »
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  • This state “reservation” was a pleasant surprise. I expected a massive parking lot on a sandy windswept beach and, since I was there Labor Day weekend, more than a few rowdy parties. In fact, it is somewhat grassy between campsites, there as some rather large trees (though very little real shade), and any rowdiness came from the families with small kids who arrived Saturday morning. A nice beach is separated from the campground by large dunes and a large day-parking lot; the inlet and bay area are on the other side of the campground, rather scenic with spectacular sunsets! The facilities were among the best I saw on a long road trip. Campers were friendly and respectful of one another. All in all, a nice place to be, even when full to capacity on a holiday weekend.
  • So close such a great beach – who needs to always get caught in the Cape traffic when we have Salisbury Beach reservation 20 minutes away and it's beautiful there they've really done a great job with it!
  • Park staff very rude had lunch at a table near boat ramp Getting ready to leave and was threatened by this jerk he told me he would take my plate and fine me. If I came back to that area. No signs they should fire an ass like that, the kids that work were very nice to me and said hello and did not say anything about lunch at that table.
  • The camp ground is amazing, the beaches are clean and not crowded. The property is typically pretty quite and people are respectful. The restrooms are always clean which is nice because they are used heavily. The camp store is pricy but there are stores and shops nearby. But in a pinch the camp store is well stocked. Just remember you have to buy the camp fire wood from the campground. You cannot bring you own wood.
  • Been going for almost 15 yrs Love the beach the only change was they dont rake. Or clean like they used to. Bathrooms run out of TP too...alot of kids sit and get pd to do nothing but speed through camping area.. Nothing beats the ocean air and campers . The mounted police are nice n kind to everyone. ...