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Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 95+ 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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  • 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...  read more »
  • The beach is long large & beautiful. The campground is a parking lot narrow roads, backed up to more narrow roads. Not many with views of water or full hookups. The river side beaches didnt say dogs w...  read more »
  • 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. ...
  • 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.
  • Why Are pets allowed to releave themselves where kids are at play and adults Sun themself??? It has to be money!! I've been a pet owner most of my life and would not allow my pet on the beach or reservation! It's not right! How many peaple get upset when a dog is doing there thing on your land???
  • I visit here regularly to birdwatch and know this place well. The place is kept up OK during the summer months and tourist season. But as soon as the park shuts down, littering and irresponsible dog owners make this place less enjoyable. Most dogs are off-leash and you will be lucky not to step into dog poop including the playground area. The park rules are clear but simply not enforced. Another point of criticism, is access for bike riders, pedestrians, especially children. Beach Road is typically extremely busy and dangerous to cross to get onto the access road; it is only common sense to have a pedestrian crossing marked in. The town of Salisbury and the state just fail to make this site enjoyable for everybody, not just tourists who leave their cash behind.
  • Nice clean beaches and stunning ocean views . Ample parking basic amenities. The water is crystal clear and very cool and refreshing for a swim. ┬ĘThe campground was pretty crowded when I was there the grounds were very dry everything was just not very clean it was very dusty looks like it hasn't rained in forever, and nothing was very Lush and green. Hardly any trees, no shelter from the sun. Although many people to come and visit this park the rules are not enforced very well in the staff don't seem to patrol the area enough especially in the common areas because I've noticed dirty diapers laying around in the shower area which is pretty gross the shower area was not maintained the floor was not clean, used soap and shampoo bottles, toiletries staff needs to do something? Also dog crap I saw lying on the Road shoulder and alongside the walkways it's everywhere people need to be more responsible management need to enforce it. The boardwalks weathered and old and not very safe to walk on you can trip on this stuff really easily hopefully they get replaced and or repaired in the near future. That portion of my review is for the management hopefully it grabs someone's attention. ***Make sure you bring some insect repellent this time of the year they have these large green biting flies they are everywhere and just very pesky and then at night there are gnats that bite also so be prepared***
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